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Bert Hölldobler

Born: 25-Jun-1936
Birthplace: Andechs, Germany

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Zoologist

Nationality: Germany
Executive summary: Social organizations in insects

German sociobiologist Bert Hölldobler has studied the social behavioral patterns of bees, termites, wasps, and especially ants, and has proposed that natural selection operates not just on the gene but also on the group. His work has revealed intricate aspects of ant society including details about their communication, competition and cooperation, and division of labor. "Ants have wonderful social organizations,"Hölldobler has said, "and the evolution of social life is the most intriguing evolutionary event on this planet." With his friend and colleague Edward O. Wilson, he is the author of several books, popular with both scientists and laypersons, explaining their field of research. Their 1991 work, The Ants won the Pulitzer Prize.

    High School: Oberrealschule Marktbreit, Marktbreit, Germany (1956)
    University: BS Zoology, University of Würzburg (1962)
    University: PhD Zoology, University of Würzburg (1965)
    Professor: Dr. Habil., University of Frankfurt (1969)
    Scholar: Zoological Institute, University of Frankfurt (1966-69)
    Scholar: Biology, Harvard University (1969-71)
    Professor: Zoology, University of Frankfurt (1971-72)
    Professor: Biology, Harvard University (1973-82)
    Professor: Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology, Harvard University (1982-90)
    Professor: Adjunct Prof., University of Arizona (1989-)
    Professor: Zoology, University of Würzburg (1989-2004)
    Administrator: Chairman, Department of Biology, University of Würzburg (1993-95)
    Professor: Andrew D. White Professor at Large, Cornell University (2002-08)
    Professor: Foundation Professor of Life Sciences, Arizona State University (2004-)

    Guggenheim Fellowship 1980
    Humboldt Foundation Senior Scientist Prize 1987
    Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 1990
    AAP Hawkins-Prize 1990, for The Ants (with Edward O. Wilson)
    Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction 1991 for The Ants (with Wilson)
    Phi Beta Kappa-Prize 1995, for Journey to the Ants (with Wilson)
    GZS Karl Ritter von Frisch Medal and Science Prize 1996
    Körber Prize for the European Sciences 1996
    Bavarian-Maximilian Order for Arts and Sciences 2003
    Academia Europaea 1994
    Chemoecology Editorial Board (1997-)
    Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift Editorial Board (1996-)
    Journal of Insect Behavior Editorial Board (1996-)
    Die Naturwissenschaften Co-Editor (1995-)
    Ecotropica Editorial Board (1995-2000)
    Zoology Editorial Board (1994-)
    Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology Editorial Board (1989-2002)
    Journal of Chemical Ecology Editorial Board (1978-1988)
    Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology Co-Editor (1976-89)
    Zoophysiology and Ecology Editorial Board (1975-1980)
    Journal Comparative Physiology Editorial Board (1973-1980)
    Psyche Editorial Board (1973-)
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences Foreign Member, 1974
    American Animal Behavior Society Foreign Member, 1992
    American Association for the Advancement of Science Foreign Member, 1979
    American Philosophical Society Foreign Member, 1997
    German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina 1975
    Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology
    German National Science Council (1996-99)
    National Academy of Sciences 1998
    National Science Foundation Psychobiology-Behavioral Physiology Panel (1984-87)

Author of books:
Experimental Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology (1985, zoology, with Martin Lindauer and Karl von Frisch)
The Ants (1990, zoology, with Edward O. Wilson)
Journey to the Ants (1994, zoology, with Wilson)
The Superorganism (2008, zoology, with Wilson)


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