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Harald A. Reiche papers

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Identifier: MC-0480

Scope and Contents

The collection documents the professional activities of Harald A. Reiche.

Materials include: a files index, correspondence, files, class notes, reprints and photocopies, drafts, and lectures.


  • circa 1960


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Harald A. Reiche, 1922-1994, was a professor of classics and philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 1955 to 1991.

Services were held at Mount Auburn Cemetery July 29 for Professor Emeritus of History Harald A.T.O. Reiche, 72, who died on July 25.

A classical scholar, Professor Reiche was the author or co-author of several books and many articles on classical history and thought. He became particularly interested in Greek cosmology and astronomy and wrote and lecutred widely in that relatively unexplored field.

Reiche was born in Germany in 1922 and studied in Switzerland before emigrating to the United States where he was graduated from Phillips Academy. Reiche served in the US Army during World War II. He received his AB in Classics from Harvard in 1943, his AM in 1944, and his PhD in 1955.

In 1955, he was appointed assistant professor of classics and philosophy at MIT. He helped develop MIT's introductory humanities program. He was promoted to associate professor in 1960 and to professor in 1966. He retired in 1991.

Reiche served as a faculty resident at MIT's Baker House from 1980 to 1990. He also held a Carnegie Fellowship in humanities when he first joined MIT. Later, he held a Guggenheim Fellowship in Athens and a Ford Foundation visitng professorship at the Technical University of Berlin. He also served as a lecturer in humanities and philosophy at Suffolk University.

Adapted from MIT News Office, Professor Haral Reiche dies, August 17, 1994.


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