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Hanna Holborn Gray

Gray, Hanna Holborn, 1930–, American historian, president of the Univ. of Chicago (1978–93), b. Germany. Her father, the eminent historian Hajo Holborn, fled the Nazis in 1934 and settled in the U.S. A Renaissance and Reformation scholar, Gray became provost of Yale in 1974 and acting president in 1977. Her appointment to Chicago made her the first woman to head a major American university.

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