Roman Sandgruber Presented with the Johannes Kepler Award

This year's most important state award was presented to emeritus JKU historian Roman Sandgruber.

Roman Sandgruber
Roman Sandgruber

Upper Austria’s highest state cultural award endowed with € 11,000, the “Johannes Kepler Award”, was presented to em. Prof. Roman Sandgruber (former head of the JKU Institute for Social and Economic History up until his retirement in 2015) in recognition of outstanding scientific work. Prof. Sandgruber’s recently published book "Hitler's Father" is based on newly discovered letters written by Alois Hitler.

About Roman Sandgruber

Born in Rohrbach in 1947, Roman Sandgruber studied history, German literature, and economics at the University of Vienna. He worked as a university assistant at the University of Vienna until 1988.  He received his post-doc/habilitation in 1982. He has been a university professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Economics & Business at the JKU since 1988. Prof. Sandgruber is a member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and served as JKU Senate between 1996 and 1998. He was a member of the Austrian Commission of Historians between 1998 and 2003.