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Robert Forster, American history professor. Franch Government fellow, 1953-1955; Social Scr. Research Council fellow France, 1962, 64; Guggenheim fellow Paris, 1969-1970; National Endowment of the Humanities fellow, 1983-1984; recipient Prix Gaussail Academy Toulouse, 1954, Chevalier de l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques award French Government, 1994; named Honorary Citizen Vieillevigne, France, 1977; Doctor Honoris Causa, Toulouse, 1985.


Forster, Robert was born on June 7, 1926 in New York City. Son of Theodore and Elise (Strobel) Forster.


Bachelor, Swarthmore College, 1949. Master of Arts in Modern European History, Harvard University, 1951. Doctor of Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University, 1956.

D. honoris causa, University Toulouse, France, 1985.


Instructor modern European history, Johns Hopkins University, 1956-1957;Bissing fellow, U. Toulouse, France, 1957-1958;assistant professor, U. Nebraska, 1958-1962;associate professor, Dartmouth, 1962-1965;professor of history, Johns Hopkins, 1966-1996;professor emeritus, Johns Hopkins, since 1996;fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, 1975-1976;fellow, Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, 1979-1980;United States representative, International Congress History Sciences, 1975-1980.



Served with Army of the United States, 1944-1946. Member International Commission for Study of French Revolution, Society French History Studies (president 1974), French Colonial History Society, Society Caribbean History, American History Association (council 1985-1988), Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Elborg Hamacher, July 8, 1955. Children: Marc Richard, Thomas Theodore.

Theodore Forster

Elise (Strobel) Forster

Elborg Hamacher

Marc Richard Forster

Thomas Theodore Forster