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Sabine Wichert was a history lecturer at Queen’s for 40 years

Sabine Wichert was a history lecturer at Queen’s for 40 years

Sabine Wichert was a history lecturer at Queen’s for 40 years

Academic Sabine Wichert, who has died at 72, was a senior lecturer in the history school at Queen's University Belfast for more than 40 years.

She was also known as a much-respected poet with two best-selling volumes of verse to her credit – Tin Drum Country and Sharing Darwin.

This versatile lady wrote extensively about her adopted province, with her major work of history being Northern Ireland Since 1945.

She also edited the writings of historian ATQ Stewart.

Miss Wichert, who never married, was a member of the Arts Council for 10 years until 1994.

She was born in West Prussia in wartime 1942 and was educated at the University of Frankfurt and in Berlin before arriving in England to become a student at Oxford.

Eventually she came to Belfast on a sightseeing mission and fell in love with Queen's and the city – and decided to settle here.

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At QUB she earned the respect and devotion of many students who passed through her lectures down the years.

Miss Wichert was cremated at Roselawn and her brothers Peter and Christian took her ashes back with them to be interred in a family plot in Germany.


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