Konrad Lorenz

Konrad Lorenz


Konrad Lorenz who was an Austrian zoologist, ethologist, and ornithologist born on 7 November 1903, In Vienna, Austria-Hungary.

Family background:

He was the son of Adolf Lorenz and Emma Lecher. His father was a Physician.

Personal Life:

Since 1927, He had married Margarethe Gebhardt. The couple had blessed with three children, two daughters, and one son.


In the year 1922, He had finished his high school education, and his father sent him the famous “Columbia University”, in the US but within a year Lorenz left the institution and extended more studies at the “University of Vienna” in his hometown.


In the year 1940, Konrad had been appointed as a professor of Psychology in the ‘University of Konigsberg’ regarding his studies on animal behavior: but the very next year he had been drafted into the German Army as a psychologist. He had been taken by the Russians and had to spend time as a captive of war between the years 1944 and 1948. However, He had continued with his own studies as much as he could. In 1949, He had been made ahead of the “Institute of Comparative Ethology”. He had also served as the head of the ‘Max Planck Institute of Behaviour Physiology’ between the years 1963 and 1973. He had made some of the most unusual findings on ethology during this particular time. In the year 1974, He had been made the director of the animal sociology department at the ‘Institute for Comparative Ethology’ of the ‘Austrian Academy of Sciences’ located in Altenberg.

On February 27, 1989, He died due to kidney failure in Altenberg.

Konrad Lorenz
Unknown Facts:

  • His full name was Konrad Zacharias Lorenz.
  • He had been known as The father of ethology and the foster mother of ducks.

Master Stroke:

  • His researches on behavioral sciences which are studied in universities across the world and are still used for practical purposes by researchers.

Awards and Achievements:

  • In 1969, He awarded with “Kalinga Prize”.
  • In 1973, He had been honored the “Nobel Prize”.

What can we learn from him??

Like Konrad Lorenz, Believe in yourself. Never expect from others and never depend on others.

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