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Prof. Dr.

Rüdiger Wehner

Year of election: 1985
Section: Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
City: Zurich
Country: Switzerland
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CV Rüdiger Wehner - Deutsch (pdf)
CV Rüdiger Wehner - Englisch (pdf)

Research

Rüdiger Wehner’s research revolves around the neuroethological analysis of insect vision and visually guided behaviour. His multidisciplinary approach combines neuroanatomical, neurophysiological and behavioural analyses with computer simulations and robotic implementations. By focussing on one group of organisms, the desert ant Cataglyphis, he has rendered this insect a model organism in the study of animal navigation. At Zurich University Rüdiger Wehner has served for more than two decades as the Director of the Institute of Zoology, which he converted into a well recognized multifaceted institution of biological research and teaching spanning the range from molecular developmental genetics in Drosophila to vertebrate behaviour. As a Non-Resident Permanent Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg) at Berlin Wehner has established the Fellow programmes in the life sciences now common at this institution.

Career

  • 2008-2010 Guest Professor (Alexander von Humboldt Awardee) at the Biocenter of the University of Würzburg, Germany
  • 2005-2008 Emeritus Research Professor, University of Zürich, Switzerland
  • 1991-2008 Non-Resident Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg), Berlin, Germany
  • 1987-1993 Andrew Dickson White Professor (at Large), Cornell University, USA
  • 1976-1980, 1986-2005 Director of the Institute of Zoology, University of Zürich
  • 1974-2005 Full Professor, University of Zürich
  • 1973-1974 Visiting Professor at the Department of Biology, Yale University, USA
  • 1972 Associate Professor and
  • 1970 Assistant Professor, University of Zürich    
  • 1967-1970 Senior Assistant at the Institute of Zoology, University of Zürich (under the supervision of Professor Ernst Hadorn)
  • 1969 Habilitation at the Science Faculty of the University of Zürich
  • 1967 PhD at the University of Frankfurt (Main), Germany (under the supervision of Professor Martin Lindauer)
  • 1966 Civil-Service Examination (Staatsexamen) in Biology and Chemistry, University of Frankfurt (Main)
  • 1960-1967 Studies in Biology, Chemistry, and Philosophy, University of Frankfurt (Main)

Honours and Memberships

  • 2012 Fellow of the International Society for Neuroethology
  • 2010 Associate of the Neurosciences Research Program (NRP), USA
  • 2009 University Silver Medal, University of Tübingen, Germany
  • 2008 King Faisal International Prize for Science
  • 2007 Alexander von Humboldt Research Award
  • 2006 Honorary Member of the German Zoological Society
  • 2005 Honorary Doctorate (Dr. rer. nat. h.c.) awarded by the Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
  • 2005 Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • 2003 Honorary Doctorate (Dr. sci. nat. h.c.) awarded by the University of Lund, Sweden
  • 2002 Marcel Benoist Preis
  • 2002 Honorary Doctorate (Dr. rer. nat. h.c.) awarded by the Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg, Germany
  • 2000 Member of the Royal Swedish Physiographic Society
  • 1998 Corresponding Member (foreign countries) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • 1996 Distinguished Scientist Award of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), USA
  • 1996 Corresponding Member of the Academy of Sciences at Göttingen
  • 1995 Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences
  • 1994 Karl Ritter von Frisch Medal and Science Prize of the German Zoological Society
  • 1993 Carus Medal of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and Carus Prize of the City of Schweinfurt, Germany
  • 1993 Honorary Foreign Member of the American Philosophical Society
  • 1989 Member of the Academia Europaea
  • 1987 Corresponding Member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences
  • 1985 Member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
  • 1977 Corresponding Member of the Academy of Sciences and Literature at Mainz
  • 1967 Annual PhD Award of the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe University of Frankfurt (Main), Germany
  • 1960-1967 Member of the German National Merit Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes)

Functions

(Selection)

  • since 2010 Member of the Scientific Board of Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
  • since 2010 Member of the Scientific Advisory Board and the Advisory Board in the Arts of the Institute for Advanced Study (Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg) at Delmenhorst, Germany
  • since 2008 Member of the Austrian Science Council
  • 2005-2006 Member of the Strategic Commission of the German Science Council (German Excellence Initiative)
  • since 2005 Member of the Search Committee Life Sciences, Koerber Foundation, Hamburg, Germany
  • since 2005 Adjunct Switzerland (and Senator) of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
  • since 2001 Member of the Board of the Cogito Foundation, Switzerland
  • 2000-2009 Member of the University Council, University of Tübingen, Germany
  • since1999 Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Senckenberg Research Institute, Frankfurt (Main), Germany
  • 1997-2003 Member of the Steering Committee of the Neuroscience Center of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) and the University of Zürich, Switzerland
  • 1996-2000 Member of the University Council, University of Zürich, Switzerland
  • 1995-2005 Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Biocenter of the University of Würzburg, Germany
  • 1995-1998 Member of the Steering Committee of the Sussex Centre for Neuroscience, Great Britain
  • 1987-1990 Member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Institute for Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg) at Berlin, Germany
  • 1987-1989 Member of the Board of the International Society for Neuroethology
  • 1984 Annual President of the Swiss Natural Science Society (henceforth the Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences)
  • 1978-1980 Member of the Board of the German Zoological Society
  • 1975-1978 Member of the Executive Committee of the Union of Swiss Societies for Experimental Biology (USGEB)

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