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zoologist

Nikolaas Tinbergen, Dutch zoologist. Research on social behavior of animals and responses to complex stimuli, a co-founder of ethology. Recipient Joint Nobel prize for physiology or medicine, 1973, Swammerdan medal, 1973, other awards.

Background

Tinbergen, Nikolaas was born on April 15, 1907 in The Hague, The Netherlands. Son of Dirk Cornelis and Jeannette (Van Eek) Tinbergen.

Education

Doctor of Philosophy, Leiden University, Netherlands, 1932.

Career

Faculty Leiden University, 1933-1949, professor experimental zoology, 1947-1949. Ethology lecturer Oxford (England) University, from 1949, reader animal behavior, 1962-1966, professor in animal behavior, 1966-1974, emeritus, 1974-1988.

Achievements

  • Research on social behavior of animals and responses to complex stimuli, a co-founder of ethology.

Works

Membership

Fellow Royal Society, 1962. Member National Academy of Sciences, American Philosophical Society, American Academy Arts and Sciences (foreign), Akademie van Wetenschappen, American Museum Natural History, Max Planck Gesellschaft, others.

Connections

Married Elisabeth Amelie Rutten, April 14, 1932. Children: Jacob, Catharina Tinbergen Loman, Dirk, Jannetje, Gerardina Tinbergen Carleston.

father:
Dirk Cornelis Tinbergen

mother:
Jeannette (Van Eek) Tinbergen

spouse:
Elisabeth Amelie Rutten

children:
Jacob Tinbergen

Catharina Tinbergen Loman Tinbergen

Dirk Tinbergen

Jannetje Tinbergen

Gerardina Tinbergen Carleston Tinbergen