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Studying Animal Behavior

Autobiographies of the Founders

In these autobiographical essays by pioneers in the field of animal behavior, the authors discuss childhood, education, moments of discovery, and the attractions of the research that each pursued. The field of animal behavior has been interdisciplinary throughout its history, and the two psychologists and seventeen biologists in Donald Dewsbury’s collection provide a fascinating assortment of backgrounds and interests. Chosen by a panel of seven distinguished animal behaviorists, the men whose essays are collected here include two Nobel Prize winners and one Pulitzer Prize winner. All provide unique accounts of the development of the field written by its original leading practitioners.

512 pages | 19 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 1985

Biography and Letters

Biological Sciences: Behavioral Biology

Table of Contents

1. Two Pillars of Wisdom
Gerard P. Baerends
2. Curiosity, Milieu, and Era
Vincent G. Dethier
3. "Fishy, Fishy, Fishy": Autobiographical Sketches
Irenäus Eibl-Eibesfeldt
4. Of Dogs, Mice, People, and Me
John Langworthy Fuller
5. Reflections of an Experimental Naturalist
Donald R. Griffin
6. A Lifelong Attempt to Understand Animals
Heini Hediger
7. The Wild-Goose Chase
Eckhard H. Hess
8. Ethology in Relation to Other Disciplines
Robert A. Hinde
9. Those Critical Periods of Social Reinforcement
John A. King
10. The Cat Who Walks By Himself
Paul Leyhausen
11. My Family and Other Animals
Konrad Z. Lorenz
12. The Ontogeny of an Ethologist
Aubrey Manning
13. Hark Ye to the Birds: Autobiographical Marginalia
Peter Marler
14. In Haldane’s Footsteps
John Maynard Smith
15. It’s a Long Long Way to Tipperary, the Land of my Genes
Curt P. Richter
16. Investigative Behavior: Toward a Science of Sociality
John Paul Scott
17. Watching and Wondering
Niko Tinbergen
18. In the Queendom of Ants: A Brief Autobiography
Edward O. Wilson
19. Backstage and Upstage with "Animal Dispersion"
Vero C. Wynne-Edwards

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