Konrad Lorenz

Konrad Lorenz

Klaus Taschwer, Benedikt Föger

Nobel prize winner, successful author and rebellious spirit: Konrad Lorenz was one of the most popular scientists of our time. For his 100th birthday, Klaus Taschwer und Benedikt Föger present the first comprehensive biography.

He studied the ways of animals, fought against nuclear power and singled out the sins of man: Konrad Lorenz (1903-1989) was not only one of the most important biologists of the 20th century but also a public figure – and a most successful writer. A hundred years after his birth in Vienna, Klaus Taschwer and Benedikt Föger present the first large-scale biography of Lorenz, based on previously unpublished material from private and public archives.

In 1973 Lorenz's scientific work was awarded the Nobel prize – the crowning of an academic career that was not hampered after 1945 by the fact that Lorenz had been a supporter of the Nazi regime. His incredible popularity, however, was due to an uncanny instinct for presenting himself in public. His TV shows brought him into the living rooms of millions. As a biologist, he felt it his duty to warn of the ecological disasters threatening the Earth. At the end of his life, he was a controversial "preserver of values" who nevertheless contributed much to the foundation of the Green Party.

Konrad Lorenz influences our understanding of the world and of nature to this day – even if we are sometimes no longer aware of it. That is why this book also tells a part of our own story.

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