Carl Emil Schorske, historian, died at 100

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Carl Emil Schorske, born on March 15, 1915 and died September 2015, he was an American cultural historian and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University.

In 1981 he won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction for his book Fin-de-Siècle Vienna:Politics and Culture (1980), which remains highly significant to modern European intellectual history.

Carl was a recipient of the first year of MacArthur Fellows Program awards in 1981 and made an honorary cititzen of Vienna in 2012. He turned 100 in March 2015.

Born in New York City, Carl received his B.A. from Columbia in 1936, and a Ph.D. from Harvard.

He served in the Office of Strategic Services, the precursor to the CIA, during World War II, as chief of political intelligence for Western Europe.

His first book, German Social Democracy, published by Harvard University Press in 1955, describes the schism of the Social Democratic Party of Germany into a reformist/constitutionalist Right faction and a revolutionary oppositionist Left faction during the years 1905 to 1917.

Following his war-time service, Carl taught at Wesleyan University (1946-1960), the University of California at Berkeley (1960–69), and Princeton University (1969 until his retirement in 1980), where he was Dayton-Stockton Professor of History.

Professor Carl was named by Time Magazine as one of the nation’s ten top academic leaders.

In 1987 he delivered the Charles Homer Haskins Price Lecture. In 1998 Schorske published Thinking With History: Explorations in the Passage to Modernism (Princeton University Press), a collection of essays on Viennese and general history.

In 2004 Carl received the Ludwig Wittgenstein Prize of the Austrian Research Association (Österreichische Forschungsgemeinschaft).

Carl is a Corresponding Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

On 25 April 2012, Schorske was made an honorary citizen of Vienna during a ceremony attended by his wife Elizabeth and Mayor of Vienna, Dr Michael Haupl.

Carl Emil Schorske died at age 100 on September 2015.