Diaries of Maria von Bertalanffy saved for posterity: BCSSS

IFSR Newsletter 2010 Vol. 27 No. 2 December
Maria von Bertalanffy, the wife of Ludwig von Bertalanffy, kept a diary on all her private life with Ludwig since they left Austria (1948) until his death (1972) and beyond that. Obviously you will find in there important dates about the professional life of Ludwig. Each year sees one diary with an entry for each day of the year written in German. There are only three days she refused to make an entry. All of these diaries were recently donated to the Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science (BCSSS) in Vienna by the widow of Ludwig’s son Felix, Gisèle. They were handed over by Michel Saint Germain, Professor emeritus of the University of Ottawa. They are now located together with the rest of Bertalanffy’s legacy in the Department of Theoretical Biology at the University of Vienna (which belongs to the follow up institute of the Institute of Zoology Bertalanffy worked with during the World War II). They are open to research.

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