Saturday, 4 August 2012
The University of Bonn (German: Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn)was founded in its present form in 1818, as the linear successor of earlier academic institutions.
At the end of the 19th century the university was also known as the Prinzenuniversität ( English: Princes' university), as many of the sons of the king of Prussia studied here. In 1900 the university had 68 chairs, 23 adjunct chairs, two honorary professors, 57 Privatdozenten and six lecturers. Since 1896 women were allowed to attend classes as guest auditors at universities in Prussia. In 1908 the University of Bonn became fully coeducational. The growth of the university came to a halt with World War I. Financial and economic problems in Germany in the aftermath of the war resulted in reduced government funding for the university. The University of Bonn responded by trying to find private and industrial sponsors. Read more on Wikipedia
Lowry may have seen the University while he was studying German in Bonn in Autumn 1928. The German sailor Popplereuter says in Ultramarine; "Vor dem Krieg. I go to Bonn Universität as a student. I belong to a good corps, too" (Pg. 88)