Hubert Simon Markl
17 August 1938
|Died||8 January 2015 (aged 76)|
|Alma mater||Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich|
Markl was born on 17 August 1938 in Regensburg, Germany. He studied biology, chemistry and geography at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. He completed his Ph.D. in zoology from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in 1962. He did research internships at Harvard University and Rockefeller University in 1965–1966. In 1976 he earned his Habilitation (post doctoral lecturing qualification) in zoology from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main.
Academic career and research
From 1968 to 1973 Markl worked as Full Professor and Director of the Zoological Institute at the Darmstadt University of Technology. Since 1974, he has been Professor of Biology at the University of Konstanz.
From 1977 to 1983, he was Vice President of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and from 1986 to 1991, he was President of the DGF. In 1993, he became President of the newly founded Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften). From 1996 to 2002, he was President of the Max Planck Society.
Awards and honors
Markl has received many awards and honors for his work.
He received the Lorenz Oken Medal from the Society of German Natural Scientists and Doctors in 1984, the Karl Vossler Prize in 1985, the Arthur Burkhardt Prize in 1989, the Karl Winnacker Prize in 1991, and the Ernst Robert Curtius Prize in 1995, the Bundesverdienstkreuz (officially Verdienstorden der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany) in 1992
He received honorary doctorates from Saarland University in 1992 and the University of Dublin in 1997. He received the Eduard Rhein Ring of Honor from the Eduard Rhein Foundation in 2004. He was elected Foreign member of the Royal Society, in 2002. His nomination reads:
|“||Hubert ('Jim') Markl is arguably the most influential figure in European science policy and a key person influencing the relationship between science and society. He has uniquely served as President of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the Max Planck Gesellshaft. In these roles he has been an outstanding and bold advocate for scientific research in Germany and throughout Europe. His astute judgement, cogency and intellectual rigour command the respect of all his peers. Markl has also been a leading spokesperson in Germany on difficult issues at the interface between science and society. He has, for example, been an eloquent advocate of stem cell research, speaking out against the political mainstream. He has also striven to expose fully, and acknowledge, the Max Planck Society's responsibility for atrocities committed by Kaiser Wilhelm Gesellschaft scientists during the Nazi era. His occupancy of the two most senior positions in German science policy, of course, derives from his earlier substantial scientific contributions to the emerging discipline of behavioural ecology, as well as his books on science, society and culture.||”|
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- "EC/2002/45: Markl, Hubert Simon". London: The Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2015-02-14.
- Markl, H (2001). "Research doesn't denigrate humanity". Nature. 412 (6846): 479–80. doi:10.1038/35087673. PMID 11484022.
- "Former President Professor Hubert Markl". Max Planck Society. Archived from the original on June 12, 2007. Retrieved August 11, 2008.
- Hubert Markl's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
- "Professor Dr. Hubert Markl, Curriculum Vitae". Universität Konstanz. 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-04-21.
- "Professor Hubert Markl (Biology)". Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. Archived from the original on August 13, 2007. Retrieved August 11, 2008.
- Markl, H. (1983). "Vibrational Communication". Neuroethology and Behavioral Physiology. p. 332. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-69271-0_24. ISBN 978-3-642-69273-4.
- Tautz, J. R.; Markl, H. (1978). "Caterpillars detect flying wasps by hairs sensitive to airborne vibration". Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 4: 101. doi:10.1007/BF00302564.
- Hölldobler, B.; Stanton, R. C.; Markl, H. (1978). "Recruitment and food-retrieving behavior in Novomessor (Formicidae, Hymenoptera)". Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 4 (2): 163. doi:10.1007/BF00354978.
- König, B.; Markl, H. (1987). "Maternal care in house mice". Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 20: 1. doi:10.1007/BF00292161.
- "The Eduard Rhein Ring of Honor Recipients". Eduard Rhein Foundation. Retrieved February 5, 2011.
- "2004 – Ring of Honor – Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr.h.c.mult. Hubert S. Markl". Eduard Rhein Foundation. Retrieved February 5, 2011.
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