At the time of its founding in 1810, there was pressure to make the new university both practical and
industrial. Von Humboldt wanted it to be a center for the pursuit of truth in learning. In the end he won out. The University was set up under his
 In 1828 it was formally renamed the Frederick-William University.
 The university was named in honor of the reigning monarch, Frederick William III of Prussia.
 The university offered the traditional
Emperor William made several establishments at the University. One of these was the
professorship of "American History".
 It is now called the "Theodore Roosevelt professorship". It required the position be filled by an
American professor who must lecture in
 In an
interview with then president
Columbia University, a second professorship in Berlin was established with a lectures in
English taught by a German professor.
From 1933 to 1945, under
Nazism, the university lost many of its
Jewish scholars and students. Some were killed.
 On May 10, 1933 many university books were burned.
World War II Humboldt was still the major university in Berlin.
 After the war the university was greatly weakened. It reopened in January 1946.
 It was in the
Berlin. Many students and faculty wanted to continue their education free of
government control. With the help of the
US Army and donations from the
United States government, the
Free University of Berlin was established in 1948 in
In 1949 the university was given it's present name, Humboldt-University of Berlin (
German: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), to honor the brothers
Alexander and Wilhelm von Humboldt.
 The university underwent a number of changes by the government of
East Berlin in the 1950s.
 But it regained its importance as a major center of learning.