George Bornstein

Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: University of Michigan
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

George Bornstein, Professor Emeritus of the University of Michigan, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Irish and Jewish literature.

Upon his retirement from the University of Michigan, a conference was held in his honor where many of his former students attended. Seeing a room full of people he helped teach and support in their academic pursuits and later successes has been one of the highlights of his career. In addition to seeing what his life’s work had churned out, Dr. Bornstein cites his acceptance to college as another defining moment in his career. He was the first person to attend college in his family, and to have been accepted to one of the most prestigious colleges in the country, Harvard University, was an honor into itself. While he originally intended to go into nuclear physics, he found that his passion for English would satiate his desire to learn about a vast array of subjects.

Dr. Bornstein earned an AB from Harvard University in 1963, and a PhD from Princeton University in 1966. It was upon writing his thesis at Princeton that he truly felt a career in academia was the greatest job in the world. He began teaching the very same year as an assistant professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From 1969 to 1970, he briefly taught as an assistant professor at Rutgers University before joining the faculty at the University of Michigan in 1970. He remained at the institution until his retirement and being honored as a professor emeritus in 2008. He attained the rank of full professor in 1975 at the institution.

Throughout his career, Dr. Bornstein has contributed to many conversations sounding literature. It is these published works, such as his 1970’s Yeats and Shelley and his 2017 W.B. Yeats, The Wild Swans at Coole that have helped in him receiving many honors for his work. These honors include a Good Teaching Award from the Amoco Foundation in 1993 and the Warner Rice Prize for Research in Humanities in 1998. He has also been a fellow of the American Council of Learned Society, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Old Dominion Foundation and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2000, Dr. Bornstein received the Rosenthal Award for Yeats Studies from the W.B. Yeats Society.

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