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Karl Carstens (1979 - 1984)

Bundespräsident Karl Carstens und seine Frau Veronica Carstens vor der Villa Hammerschmidt © BPA

DateBiography
1914Born on 14 December in Bremen.
Read law and political science in Germany, France and the US. Passed the first and second state law examinations;
Completed a master's degree and a doctorate in law
1939-1945Soldier, Lieutenant in the anti-aircraft artillery
1945-1949Practised law in Bremen
1949-1954Commissioner of Bremen to the Federation
1950-1973Lectureship at the University of Cologne
1952Qualification to teach constitutional and international law in institutes of higher education
1954-1966Member of the Diplomatic Service
1954-1955Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg
1960-1966State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office
1960-1973Full professor at the University of Cologne
1967-1968State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Defence
1968-1969Head of the Federal Chancellery
1969-1972Head of the Research Institute of the German Society for Foreign Affairs in Bonn
1972-1979Member of the German Bundestag
1973-1976Chairman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the German Bundestag, member of the CDU Federal Executive Committee
1976-1979President of the German Bundestag
1979-1984Federal President
1992Died in Meckenheim

Karl Carstens was Protestant. He was married to Veronica Carstens, a doctor.