Professor Christopher Clark Awarded Pour le Mérite


Sir Christopher Clark, the Regius Professor of History, was recently
awarded the Pour le Mérite in Vienna. The German honour with a French
name was founded in 1740 by King Fredrick II of Prussia. Once both a
military and civil honour, the Pour le Mérite was re-established after
World War II to recognize extraordinary achievement in the arts and
sciences. Membership in the order is ongoing and limited to 40 German
citizens and 40 non-German citizens at any given time.

Professor Clark is an expert in nineteenth-century Germany and
continental Europe who has written widely on matters of religion,
politics, and culture. A past winner of the Wolfson Prize for History
and the LA Times Book Prize, he became Regius Professor in 2014 and was
made Knight Bachelor in the 2015 birthday honours list for services to
British-German relations.

Professor Clark was inducted in 2019 but the ceremony was delayed due to the pandemic. The President of the German Federal Republic will formally present the order's insignia in a further ceremony in Spring 2022.

For more on the Pour le Mérite (in German), click here