Report on Konrad Z. Lorenz-nobel prize winner for research on genetic imprinting

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Konrad Lorenz was born in Vienna in 1903. Lorenz became interested in animals at a very young age and maintained his enthusiasm on the subject throughout his life. He was an extremely famous zoologist and founding biologist in the field of ethology, or animal behavior. He conducted research having to do with genetic imprinting and published many books on the subjects of human nature and biology. Dr. Lorenz was also awarded the Nobel Prize in 1973 for his research on imprinting. Konrad Zacharias Lorenz died at the age of 85 at his home in Altenburg, 30 miles northeast of Vienna.


Konrad Lorenz was born on November 7, 1903 in Vienna, Austria. As a child, his parents were quite wealthy and kept a large home. His interest in animals was brought about when his father brought him home a salamander. At the age of ten, after reading a book on evolution, Lorenz decided to become a paleontologist.

As a boy, Lorenz had a wide variety of animals, including fish, dogs, monkeys, insects, and most importantly, ducks and geese. In school, he was taught Darwin's theory of evolution and natural selection. Lorenz was interested in aquatics and enjoyed studying crustacea.

After high school, Lorenz wanted to go on to study zoology and paleontology, but instead followed his father's orders to study medicine. He studied medicine in Vienna, and in 1933, he earned a medical degree and a Ph.D. in zoology. He then became a professor at the Albertus University in Konigberg. From there, he went on to direct the Institute of Comparative Ethology at Altenburg. He created a comparative ethology department at the Max Planck Institute, and co-directed the program in 1954.

During World War II, in the autumn of 1941, Dr. Lorenz was recruited into the...