Gerhard Casper, who takes office as the ninth president of Stanford University on Sept. 1, was born in Hamburg, Germany. He became a naturalized United States citizen in 1979.

Mr. Casper studied law at the German universities of Freiburg and Hamburg. In 1962, he received a master's degree in law from Yale Law School in New Haven, Conn., and a doctorate from the University of Freiburg in 1964.

He joined the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, that same year as an assistant professor in the political science department.

Casper joined the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School in 1966. He served as dean of the Chicago law school from 1979 to '87 and became provost, the No. 2 position at the University of Chicago, in 1989.

Casper is a scholar of constitutional law and was an editor of The Supreme Court Review from 1977 to '91. He served on the board of directors of the American Bar Foundation from 1979 to '87.

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