At the Nabokov Museum,

St.Petersburg, 1999

Photo by Olga Voronina

In Canyonlands National Park, Utah, October, 2002

Dieter E(duard) Zimmer

Born 24 November 1934 in Berlin-Pankow

Father Max Zimmer, tax official (1895-1986)

Mother Johanna Zimmer, housewife (1905-1998)

Brothers Jürgen (born 1937) and Rainer (born 1944)

Grew up in Berlin-Steglitz

Married 1960-1988 to Katharina Zimmer née Keit

From 2008 married to Sabine Hartmann

Daughters Caroline (born 1963) and Mirjam (born 1966)

Elementary school 1941-1953 in Berlin-Steglitz and Flieth (Uckermark), high school in Potsdam, Berlin and Evanston, Illinois (first American Field Service high school exchange program 1950-51)

High school graduation ("Abitur", mathematical-scientific branch) 1953 Paulsenschule, Berlin-Steglitz

Studies of German and English language and literature at Free University Berlin, University of Münster, Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois), University of Geneva

M.A. 1957 (Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois)

"Assistant de langage" at high schools in Charleville-Mézières, France (1957-1958) and Geneva, Switzerland (1958-1959)

1959-1999 on the editorial staff of the weekly DIE ZEIT in Hamburg

- until 1977 in the cultural section (1963-1973 mainly responsible for book reviews, 1973-1977 editor-in-charge of ZEIT Feuilleton)

- from 1977 as staff writer mainly on matters of science in the fields psychology, biology, anthropology, medicine, linguistics

 - 1990-1992 "cultural correspondent" in Berlin

From 2000 free lancer in Hamburg, since 2002 in Berlin

Dr. phil. h.c. (TU Dresden, 2003)


1964 Friedrich-Perthes-Preis

1968 Theodor-Wolff-Preis

1982 Preis für Wissenschaftspublizistik der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie

1986 Wang-Journalistenpreis

1990 Medienpreis für Sprachkultur der Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache

1991 Preis des Anglistentags für Wissenschaftsjournalismus

1996 Helmut-M.-Braem-Übersetzer-Preis

1998 Helmut-Sontag-Preis

2008 Heinrich Maria Ledig-Rowohlt-Preis für literarische Übersetzungen