Konrad Zacharias Lorenz

* 7 November 1903 in Vienna, † 27 Februar 1989


Konrad Lorenz was an Austrian zoologist, ethologist and ornithologist. Together with Nikolaas Tinbergen and Karl von Frisch, he was awarded with the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 1973. In the same year he retired from his directorship at the MPI in Seewiesen and returned to Austria, where he founded the Konrad Lorenz Research Station for Behaviour and Cognition (Upper Austrian Almtal, in A-4645 Grünau, Fischerau 11; now a Core Facility of the University of Vienna, Departments of Behavioural Biology and Cognitive Biology of the University of Vienna) and established a flock of 100 greylag geese.

He was not only an eminent scientist, he was one of the greatest communicators of science ever, particularly of his discipline of ethology. He established the science of behavioural biology and made clear, that animal psychology and human psychology are indeed, inseparable. He popularized behavioural biology worldwide, particularly in German-speaking countries.

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Two additional Konrad Lorenz Institutes in Austria continue with empirical and theoretical research in behavioural biology: