Born: July 4, 1715, Hainichen, Saxony.
Died: December 13, 1769, Leipzig, Germany.
Buried: Südfriedhof, Leipzig, Germany.
In 1734 Gellert entered the University of Leipzig as a theology student. After completing his studies, he served for some time as an assistant to his father, the pastor at Hainichen. However, due his poor memory, he decided he was unsuited for the ministry.
In 1739, he became domestic tutor to the sons of Herr von Lüttichau, near Dresden, and in 1741 returned to Leipzig to supervise the education of a nephew at the University. He also resumed his own studies, graduating MA in 1744.
In 1745, he became private tutor or lecturer in the philosophy faculty. In 1751, he was appointed extraordinary professor of philosophy, lecturing on poetry and rhetoric, and then on moral philosophy. He refused a regular professorship in 1761, not feeling strong enough for the post.