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Humberto Maturana Romesin
Humberto Maturana was born in Chile in 1928. As a child, he was interested in animals and plants and grew up to be a biologist. In his work as a biologist, he raised fundamental philosophical questions that have had far-reaching transformational effect on fields such as psychotherapy, pedagogy, and management design.
Maturana enrolled in University of Chile first studying medicine and then biology. He obtained a scholarship from the Rockefeller Foundation and studied anatomy and neurophysiology at University College London. In 1958 he received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biology from Harvard University. Maturana received Chile’s National Prize for Natural Sciences. In 2000, he established his own center for reflection and research known as the Instituto de Formacion Matriztica.
Contributions to the Profession
Maturana and his student, Francisco Varela were the first to define the concept of “autopoiesis.” This term greatly...