We are sad to report the death on 6 February of Barry Nisbet, former President, and distinguished Germanist. David Wells writes:
Hugh Barr Nisbet died on 6 February 2021 as Cambridge Emeritus Professor. I came to know Barry Nisbet on the Committee of the Modern Humanities Research Association. At a Committee meeting in the late 1960s Freddy Stopp, who was Germanic Editor of the Modern Language Review at the time, mentioned a bright young book reviewer he had “discovered” at Bristol University. Within a short time Barry had been co-opted to the Committee and in 1974 took over the Editorship on Freddy’s retirement. He held office for eight years and pursued the task with characteristic energy, tact, and courtesy, in his dealings with contributors to the journal as with his fellow-editors. His Herder and the Philosophy and History of Science provided the MHRA with its best possible reason for the establishment of the long-running MHRA Dissertation Series. Barry will be greatly missed.