Lorenz, Konrad Zacharias

January 2009
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
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Lorenz, Konrad Zacharias (1903-1989), an Austrian zoologist, was a founder of ethology, the study of animal behavior. He and two other ethologists, Karl von Frisch of Austria and Nikolaas Tinbergen, born in the Netherlands, received the 1973 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for their work on animal behavior. Lorenz studied animals in their natural environments and concluded that instinct plays a major role in animal behavior. This view challenged behavioral animal psychology, which defined all behavior as learned.


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