1927 – Born on the 26th of May, in Usingen, Taunus, Germany. Gerald Gunther, a constitutional law scholar whose casebook on the subject is the bible for thousands of law students, and who was mentioned as a Supreme Court candidate.
1938 – Gunther emigrated as a young boy to the United States with his family.
– Attended Brooklyn College for his Bachelor’s Degree.
– Attended Columbia University for his Master’s Degree.
– Attended Harvard Law School where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
– Clerked for Judge Learned Hand and for Chief Justice Earl Warren.
1956 – Gunther was a faculty member at Columbia University School of Law. He was recruited to Stanford’s then little-known Law School in a faculty hiring move remembered on campus as "the great raid on Columbia," a coup that helped the school lift itself out of relative obscurity.
1962 – He and a few colleagues left Columbia to start teaching in Stanford University.
1970 – He teamed up with Law Professors William Baxter and Thomas Ehrlich to write a detailed critique of Pitzer, whom they viewed as weak and indecisive.
1973 – Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Science.
1974 – Elected to the American Law Institute.
1981 – Elected to the American Philosophical Society.
1987 – A poll in the New York Law Journal ranked Gunther as the "best qualified" choice for appointment to the Supreme Court, "ideology aside".
1988 – Stanford University considered and adopted a student conduct rule that responded to use of racial slurs by some students and aimed at curbing "discriminatory harassment" by personal vilification. Gunther argued against the new disciplinary policy.
1990 – Recipient of the the Richard J. Maloney Prize for Distinguished Contributions to Legal Education.
1994 – His biography of Learned Hand was awarded the Erwin N. Griswold Triennial Prize of the Supreme Court Historical Society.
1995 – Received the Bernard Witkin Medal of the State Bar of California.
– Gunther became a professor emeritus in May but he remained active as a teacher.
1999 – Received the Triennial Award of the Order of the Coif as the legal best book relating to law published.
2002 – He died of cancer at his home on campus on July 30th. He was 75.