Prof. Dr. Kuno Kirschfeld

Emeritus Director
Alumni of the Department Comparative Neurobiology
+49 7071 601 580
+49 7071 601 577

Main Focus

Kuno Kirschfeld was director of the department Comparative Neurobiology at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics from 1968 till his retirement in 2002. His main research interests were the primary processes and photo transduction in the photoreceptors of insects, physiological optics, visual pigments and the ion regulation in the nervous system. He further compared the processing of visual information in insects and vertebrates and the influence of common anesthesia on the nervous system.

Comparative Neurobiology

Curriculum Vitae

Director emeritus of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics 
Max Planck Ring 11, 72076 Tuebingen, Germany 
Tel. +49 7071 - 601 580 

University Education & Degrees
1954-1960 Universities of Tuebingen, Kiel and Innsbruck 
Subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Philosophy
1957 Philosophical examination certificate (Philosophikum)
1960  PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) University of Tuebingen
1961 Research stay, Rockefeller University, New York City 
Host: Professor Haldan Keffer Hartline (Nobel Prize 1967)

Teaching, Research Appointments and Honors
1960-1968 Research Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Biology Tuebingen,
Department Reichardt

Scientific Member and Director of the Max Planck Society
Foundation of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics 
Founding Directors: Werner Reichardt, Valentin Braitenberg, Karl Georg Götz, Kuno Kirschfeld

1972 Research and teaching stay, Institute of Advanced Studies Australian National 
University, Dept. Applied Mathematics, Canberra, at the invitation of Prof. A. Snyder
1974 Honorary Professor at the University of Tuebingen
1989 Member of the Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
(National Academy of Germany)
1998 Member of the Academia Europaea 
1999  Co-founder of the Graduate School of Neural and Behavioural Sciences
at the University of Tuebingen
2002  Emeritus Professor

Administrative Positions
1994- 1997
Managing Director
of the Max Planck Institute
for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen
1994- 2002 Chairman of the Commission of the Max Planck Society for questions concerning animal experiments in research
since 1999 Member of the Animal Welfare Commission Baden-Wuerttemberg
(Landesbeirat fuer den Tierschutz)


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