It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of one of the founding members of CEU’s History Department, Professor Andras Gero. He passed away on January 10 at the age of 70.
Professor Gero graduated from Eotvos University (ELTE, Budapest) in 1977 and started his long and successful teaching career at the same institution from 1981 onwards at the new Department of Cultural History. After several visiting professorships at Dutch and US universities, he became the long-standing head of the Department of Economic and Social History at ELTE, and in 2003 he was the founder and director of the Institute of Habsburg History (Budapest). He published over 70 volumes in Hungarian, English and German as author and (co-)editor, mostly in the field of modern Habsburg and Central European social, cultural and political history, and was the recipient of several prestigious prizes and awards.
Andras Gero taught at the CEU Department of History from its foundation in 1991 to 2020. He was a popular teacher never short of anecdotes, whose granular knowledge of Habsburg history, passionate commentary on public affairs and biting sense of humor was always appreciated by students and colleagues.
We express our deepest condolences to Professor Gero's family and friends.