Encyclopedia of Entomology

2008 Edition
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Frisch, K. Von

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-6359-6_3891

Karl von Frisch was born in Vienna on November 20, 1886. After his schooling, he entered Universität Wien to study medicine, at the insistence of his father, although he preferred zoology. After 3 years of study in Vienna, his father relented and allowed him to transfer to Munich to study zoology. Now with a degree, he returned to Vienna in 1909 as a graduate student. In 1910 he was awarded a Ph.D. for a thesis on color changes in fishes. He returned to Munich as assistant professor of zoology, was promoted to associate professor by 1912. During World War I he worked at a Red Cross hospital in Vienna. In 1921 he became professor and director of the zoological institute of Universität Rostock, in 1923 he moved to a similar position at Breslau (now Wroclaw in Poland), and in 1925 he returned to Munich. That last city was heavily damaged in World War II, and he transferred to Graz in Austria. However, in 1950 he returned to Munich to help reconstruct the institute. His official...

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