Peter Kawerau (1915-1988) was a German scholar of church history, focussing on the eastern churches. He studied theology at the Universities of Wroclaw and Berlin. In 1949, he earnef his doctorate at the University of Göttingen, and did his Habilitationsschrift in 1956 at Münster. He went on to teach at the University of Marburg where he founded the Ostkirchen Institut. His corpus includes works on Protestant, Syriac, African, and Byzantine church history.