Journal of Comparative Physiology A

, Volume 203, Issue 2, pp 91–97 | Cite as

“The most beautiful profession in the world…” In memoriam Klaus Kalmring (1931–2015)

  • Hannelore HochEmail author
  • Andrej Čokl
  • Martin Jatho
  • Reinhard Lakes-Harlan
  • Wolfgang Rössler
  • Oliver Stiedl

Life and career

Klaus Kalmring was born as the eldest of three brothers in Erfurt, Thuringia. He attended high school in Erfurt, but due to the turmoil at the end of World War II, he had to leave school without graduation at age 14. His parents were farmers and gardeners. Most likely they nourished their son’s interest in the natural world. Since his childhood, he also had a passion for geography and loved to spend hours studying maps and atlases. His talent was not overlooked, however, and he was accepted into the prestigious “Institut für Lehrerbildung” (teacher training) in Weimar (1951–1953). He passed the final examinations with excellent grades and could now be employed as a teacher for Russian language and Russian history. From 1953 to 1955 Klaus Kalmring taught both subjects in the central school in Unterpörlitz near Ilmenau, Thuringia, then in East Germany. In 1955 he relocated to Gelnhausen, then West Germany, to join his parents and worked as an assistant educator for youth...



The authors wish to thank Elke Bremm-Kalmring for biographical information and providing the photos. Andreas Wessel, Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, meticulously researched and compiled the bibliography for which we are very indebted.

Supplementary material

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The electronic supplementary material provides the complete bibliography of Klaus Kalmring which is linked to Table 1 (DOCX 53 kb)


  1. Čokl A, Kalmring K, Wittig H (1977) The responses of auditory ventral-cord neurons of Locusta migratoria to vibration stimuli. J Comp Physiol 120:161–172. doi: 10.1007/BF00619312 CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Jeram S, Rössler W, Čokl A, Kalmring K (1995) Structure of the atympanate tibial organs in legs of the cave-living ensifera, Troglophilus neglectus (Gryllacridoidea, Raphidophoridae). J Morphol 223:109–118. doi: 10.1002/jmor.1052230110 CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Kalmring K, Kühne R (1980) The coding of airborne-sound and vibration signals in bimodal ventral-cord neurons of the grasshopper Tettigonia cantans. J Comp Physiol 139:267–275. doi: 10.1007/BF00610458 CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Kalmring K, Rössler W, Ebendt R, Ahi J, Lakes R (1993) The auditory receptor organs in the forelegs of bushcrickets: physiology, receptor cell arrangement, and morphology of the tympanal and intermediate organs of three closely related species. Zool Jahrb Allg Zool Physiol Tiere 97:75–94Google Scholar
  5. Keuper A, Weidemann S, Kalmring K, Kaminski D (1988) Sound production and sound emission in seven species of European tettigoniids. Part I. The different parameters of the song; their relations to the morphology of the bushcricket. Bioacoustics 1:31–48. doi: 10.1080/09524622.1988.9753073 CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Lakes R, Kalmring K, Engelhard KH (1990) Changes in the auditory system of locusts (Locusta migratoria and Schistocerca gregaria) after deafferentiation. J Comp Physiol A 166:553–563. doi: 10.1007/BF00192026 CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Rössler W, Bailey WJ, Schröder J, Kalmring K (1990) Resolution of time and frequency patterns in the tympanal organs of tettigoniids. I. Synchronization and oscillation in the activity of receptor populations. Zool Jahrb Allg Zool Physiol Tiere 94:83–99Google Scholar
  8. Rössler W, Jatho M, Kalmring K (2006) The auditory–vibratory sensory system in bushcrickets. In: Drosopoulos S, Claridge MF (eds) Insect sounds and communication. Physiology, behaviour, ecology and evolution. CRC Press, Boca Raton, pp 35–69Google Scholar
  9. Stiedl O, Kalmring K (1989) The importance of song and vibratory signals in the behaviour of the bushcricket Ephippiger ephippiger Fiebig (Orthoptera, Tettigoniidae): taxis by females. Oecologia 80:142–144. doi: 10.1007/BF00789945 CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  10. Stiedl O, Bickmeyer U, Kalmring K (1991) Tooth impact rate alteration in the song of males of Ephippiger ephippiger Fiebig (Orthoptera, Tettigoniidae) and its consequences for phonotactic behaviour of females. Bioacoustics 3:1–16. doi: 10.1080/09524622.1991.9753153 CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Museum für Naturkunde, Leibniz Institute for Research on Evolution and BiodiversityHumboldt Universität zu BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Department of Organisms and Ecosystems ResearchNational Institute of BiologyLjubljanaSlovenia
  3. 3.Ausbildungszentrum für Natur- und UmweltbildungKirtorfGermany
  4. 4.Integrative Sensory Physiology, Institute for Animal PhysiologyJustus-Liebig-University GießenGießenGermany
  5. 5.Behavioral Physiology and Sociobiology (Zoology II)University of Würzburg BiozentrumWürzburgGermany
  6. 6.Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive ResearchVU University AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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