Ten fun facts about Konrad Lorenz


Fact 1
Along with two other men, he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology in 1973.

Fact 2
His work with geese founded the act of imprinting or, phase sensitive learning in birds.

Fact 3
He credits his enthusiasm for geese with the book he read as a child called "The Wonderful Adventures of Nils" by Selma Lagerlof.


Fact 4
After graduating with a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Vienna, he also received his Ph.D. in 1933.

Fact 5
He often thanked his parents for putting up with his love of animals, since as a student he kept animals at his parents' house like fish and even a monkey.

Fact 6
He became a member of the Nazi party in 1939, even supporting the ideas that some individuals should procreate while others should not.

Fact 7
Though he denies ever being a Nazi party member, he did hold a post as a psychologist for the Office of Racial Policy.

Fact 8
He is often called the father of ethology since his work forms the base of ethological research.

Fact 9
In one of his books, he stands by the theory that finding a mate for humans should be based on the kindness of their hearts rather than outside looks and wealth.

Fact 10
His experiments are enjoyed by animal rights advocates since he did not use surgery or invasive methods when using animals.


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An Austrian zoologist and ornithologist.

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