Gerhard Goebel (originally: Gerhard Bickerich; born) was a writer, philologist and musician. He studied in Berlin, first Protestant theology, then English and Romance languages. His principal teachers were Hans Junecke, Erich Loos, Horst Baader and especially Walter Pabst.
From 1962, Gerhard Goebel spent three years as lecturer in Dijon. He received his doctorate in 1965 for Zur Erzähltechnik in den 'Histoires comiques' des 17. Jahrhunderts (Sorel-Furetière) and habilitated in 1970 with Walter Pabst with Poeta faber. Erdichtete Architektur in der italienischen, spanischen und französischen Literatur der Renaissance und des Barock (Heidelberg, 1971). In 1971 he became a professor at the Free University of Berlin. In 1975 he moved to the chair of French literature at the University of Hannover. From 1981 to 2000 he taught French and Italian literature at the University of Frankfurt.
Gerhard Goebel was also a musician. He composed Latin meets classic, quintet for flutes (2001), L'amour au jardin, ballet music for For violin, viola, violoncello, guitar and piano (1998).
Gerhard Goebel died on November 9, 2009, after a short illness.