Gustav Otruba

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Gustav Otruba (born February 20, 1925 in Kritzendorf ; † October 16, 1994 in Vienna ) was an Austrian economic historian , sociologist and author .


Gustav Otruba was born on February 20, 1925 in the village of Kritzendorf near Klosterneuburg . After successfully completing school, he studied at the University of Vienna , where he graduated as Dr. phil. from and subsequently entered the school service. In addition, he carried out social-historical and social-statistical research for the Vienna Chamber of Labor - partly together with Hertha Firnberg . In 1952 (?) Otruba was awarded the Theodor Körner Prize . In 1965 he completed his habilitation in economic and social history at the University of Vienna and on October 2, 1967, he was appointed associate professor at the University of Social and Economic Sciences founded a year earlier . With Otruba's appointment as associate professor, the existence of an institute for social and economic history at the Linz University of Social and Economic Sciences was established.

In the following year he received his first university assistant with Rudolf Kropf (* 1940); the secretariat was not established until 1970. Also in 1970 Otruba received a full university professorship and served as dean of the social, economic and legal faculties in 1973 and 1974 . The chair for social and economic history, as it was called at the time, also looked after the subject of folklore , which was represented by Ernst Burgstaller (1906–2000). Udo Bernd Wiesinger (* 1949) joined the institute as a second assistant over the years . In 1970, two history institutes were run at the college. In addition to the institute headed by Otruba and later by Kropf, there was also the Institute for Modern History and Contemporary History under Karl R. Stadler (1913–1987). Due to a long and serious illness, he retired early in 1986 at the age of 61. Two years later, Roman Sandgruber (* 1947) took over the resigned professorship from Otruba.

His main research interests were economics and social studies, commercial history and early industrialization after mercantilism, insurance, and new and recent history. He published numerous publications, among other things he wrote regularly in the Upper Austrian homeland sheets and wrote at least 63 articles on important personalities in the German biography . Otruba also published regularly in other specialist works. After he had largely recovered from his illness in the pension, where he continued to work tirelessly as a researcher and author, Otruba died surprisingly at the age of 69 on October 16, 1994 in the Lainzer Hospital in Vienna.

On October 27, 1994 he was buried at Hietzinger Friedhof (group 9, number 170). Among other things, he left behind his wife Maria Auguste Anna (1929–2009).

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  1. a b c d e f g h Institute for Social and Economic History , accessed on July 8, 2019
  2. a b c Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gustav Otruba † , accessed July 8, 2019
  3. Gustav Otrubas posts in the German biography , accessed on July 8, 2019
  4. Gustav Otruba's grave on the official website of the Vienna Cemeteries, accessed on July 8, 2019
  5. Maria Auguste Anna Otruba's grave on the official website of the Vienna Cemeteries, accessed on July 8, 2019