Knut Kleve was born on February 24, 1926, in Oslo and died on February 11, 2017.
He was a Norwegian classical philologist and a former professor at the University of Bergen and at the University of Oslo.
Knut Kleve was particularly known for his efforts on restoration of papyrus fragments from the ancient Roman town Herculaneum.
He was the son of wholesaler Alfred Lauritz Kleve and Miriam Blom Bakke.
Knut Kleve was a resistance member during the German occupation of Norway and was arrested in May 1942 and incarcerated at Møllergata 19 and at the Grini concentration camp until June 1944.
Knut Kleve was married to Ragnhild Abusdal from 1951 to 1952, to Esther Thylander from 1957 to 1972, to psychologist Kari Aud Ljøstad from 1972, and to professor Liv Jorunn Storstein from 1974 to 1992.
Knut Kleve passed away at 90 years old.