Alexander Dürst Switzerland

Biography of Alexander Dürst

Alexander Dürst enrolled at University in 1947 to study English while working as a student assistant teacher, appointed by the Glasgow Corporation Education Department.

Dürst was born in Zurich in 1913, son of Albert, a merchant. He attended the gymnasium in his hometown of Aarau, the capital of the canton of Aargau, and the University of Basel. He worked as a primary teacher (1935), becoming a secondary teacher in 1941.

Upon enrolling at the University in 1947, Dürst declared his aim was to undertake a PhD in order qualify to teach English and German at gymnasium level. However, he returned to Switzerland on 9 March 1948, after a five-month period of study and work in Glasgow.

In 1955, his treatise on Green Henry, a novel by the Swiss author Gottfried Keller, was published in Berne.


Printed Materials

  • Dürst, Alexander. Die lyrischen Vorstufen des Grünen Heinrichs. Bern: Francke, 1955.

Archival Materials

  • R6/23 Abandoned File
  • R8/5/68/4 Matriculation Record 1947-1948, [Men] D


Alexander Dürst
Born 28 August 1913.
GU Degree: Arts, 1947;
University Link: Staff, Student
Occupation categories: authors; school teachers
English snippet: Arts student at the University of Glasgow in 1947
Record last updated: 7th May 2014

Country Associations

Switzerland Switzerland, Zurich
Place of Birth

University Connections

University Roles

  • Staff
  • Student