E. H. Gombrich
BiographyE. H. Gombrich, author of the international classic The Story of Art, was born in Vienna in 1909. Gombrich moved to London in 1936, where he later became Director of the Warburg Institute and Professor of the History of the Classical Tradition at London University. Winner of the Erasmus Prize, the Hegel Prize, the Wittgenstein Prize, and the Goethe Prize, he was admitted to Britain's highest honour, the Order of Merit, in 1988.
Gombrich's first book, and the only one he did not write in English, was Eine kurze Weltgeschichte für junge Leser (A short history of the world for young readers), published in Germany in 1936 and later banned by the Nazi regime for its pacifict outlook. Although it has become very popular and has been translated into several languages, it was not available in English until 2005, when a translation of a revised edition was published as A Little History of the World by Yale University Press.