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ERNEST C. MOSSNER
Ernest C. Mossner, professor emeritus of English and philosophy, died on August 5, 1986. He was 78.
Professor Mossner was born on October 22, 1907, in New York City. He received a bachelor's degree from City College in 1929, and master's and PhD degrees from Columbia University in 1930 and 1936, respectively.
Dr. Mossner taught at Syracruse University from 1937 to 1947. He joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 1947. Professor Mossner specialized in British literature and eighteenth century philosophy. He was a leading authority on David Hume, and his biography The Life of David Hume is regarded a classic. In 1970 Professor Mossner was the only American named to a committee established by the University of Glasgow to issue a scholarly edition of all the works of Adam Smith during the 1976 bicentenary of the publication of Smith's Wealth of Nations.
Professor Mossner was awarded a Fulbright research grant and twice held Guggenheim Fellowships. He was also recognized with an honorary doctorate of letters from Edinburgh University in 1976. Professor Mossner was named Ashbel Smith Professor of English and Philosophy in 1970.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web site on December 20, 2000. Additional biographical sources can be found in the Barker Texas History Center and the UT Office of Public Affairs.