Hubert Markl

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Hubert Markl
Hubert Simon Markl

(1938-08-17)17 August 1938[1]
Died8 January 2015(2015-01-08) (aged 76)
Konstanz, Germany
Alma materLudwig Maximilian University of Munich
  • Lorenz Oken Medal (1984)
  • Karl Vossler Prize (1985)
  • Arthur Burkhardt Prize (1989)
  • Karl Winnacker Prize (1991)
  • Bundesverdienstkreuz (1992)
  • Ernst Robert Curtius Prize (1995)
  • ForMemRS (2002)[2]
Scientific career

Hubert Simon Markl (17 August 1938 – 8 January 2015) was a German biologist who also served as President of the Max Planck Society from 1996 to 2002.[1][3][4][5]

Early life[edit]

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.[citation needed] 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.[4]

Academic career and research[edit]

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.[6]

From 1977 to 1983, he was Vice President of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and from 1986 to 1991, he was President of the DGF.[7] 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.[4]

Markl was known for his work on sensory physiology, social behaviour of animals, nature conservation, and environmental protection.[5][8][9][10][11] He has also published many books.[4]

Awards and honors[edit]

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[4]

He received honorary doctorates from Saarland University in 1992 and the University of Dublin in 1997.[4] He received the Eduard Rhein Ring of Honor from the Eduard Rhein Foundation in 2004.[12][13] He was elected Foreign member of the Royal Society, in 2002. His nomination reads:


  1. ^ a b Krull, Wilhelm (2015). "Hubert Markl (1938-2015) Biologist who steered German research organizations through reunification". Nature. 518 (7538): 168. doi:10.1038/518168a. PMID 25673406.
  2. ^ a b "EC/2002/45: Markl, Hubert Simon". London: The Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2015-02-14.
  3. ^ Markl, H (2001). "Research doesn't denigrate humanity". Nature. 412 (6846): 479–80. doi:10.1038/35087673. PMID 11484022.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Former President Professor Hubert Markl". Max Planck Society. Archived from the original on June 12, 2007. Retrieved August 11, 2008.
  5. ^ a b Hubert Markl's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  6. ^ "Professor Dr. Hubert Markl, Curriculum Vitae". Universität Konstanz. 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-04-21.
  7. ^ "Professor Hubert Markl (Biology)". Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. Archived from the original on August 13, 2007. Retrieved August 11, 2008.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ König, B.; Markl, H. (1987). "Maternal care in house mice". Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 20: 1. doi:10.1007/BF00292161.
  12. ^ "The Eduard Rhein Ring of Honor Recipients". Eduard Rhein Foundation. Retrieved February 5, 2011.
  13. ^ "2004 – Ring of Honor – Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr.h.c.mult. Hubert S. Markl". Eduard Rhein Foundation. Retrieved February 5, 2011.
Preceded by
Hans F. Zacher
President of Max Planck Society
Succeeded by
Peter Gruss