Konrad Lorenz

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Abstract

Konrad Lorenz (1903-89) was the principal founder of the science of ethology, the biological study of behavior. His insistence on bringing comparative, evolutionary perspectives to bear on matters of animal psychology transformed behavioral studies. His most creative period came early, in the 1930s and early 1940s, when he provided ethology with its initial conceptual foundations, but he was a charismatic champion of the field for nearly six decades. His career was highlighted by his receipt of the 1973 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, which he shared with Karl von Frisch and Nikolaas Tinbergen.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Animal Behavior
EditorsJae Chun Choe
PublisherAcademic Press
Pages109-114
Number of pages6
Edition2
ISBN (Electronic)9780128132517
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

Keywords

  • Action-specific energy
  • Aggression
  • C.O. Whitman
  • E. von Holst
  • Ethology
  • Graylag goose
  • Imprinting
  • Innate releasing mechanism
  • Instinct
  • J. von Vexküll
  • Jackdaw
  • K. Lorenz
  • N. Tinbergen
  • O. Heinroth
  • Releasers
  • Threshold lowering
  • Vacuum behavior
  • W. Craig

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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