Dietrich Starck

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Dietrich Starck (born September 29, 1908 in Stettin ; † October 14, 2001 in Frankfurt am Main ) was a German doctor and biologist . From 1949 until his retirement in 1976 he headed the Dr. Senckenberg anatomy from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main .


Starck was born as the son of Dr. Julius Starck and his wife Else were born in Stettin. In Stettin he attended the Marienstiftsgymnasium until his Abitur in 1926 . He then studied medicine in Jena , Vienna and Frankfurt am Main from 1926 to 1932 . In 1932 he received his doctorate in Frankfurt on the subject of "The masticatory muscles of the platyrrhines" . In 1932 he moved to the Anatomical Institute of the University of Cologne, where he qualified as a professor there in 1936 in the subject of anatomy with a paper “About some development processes on the head of the Urodeles” . In 1944 he returned to Frankfurt, where he initially worked as a scheduled associate in January 1945. Professor of Anatomy was appointed in 1949 he became full professor and director of the Dr. Senckenberg anatomy, which he headed until his retirement in 1976.

Starck to a ripe old age in the vertebrate morphology , the neuroanatomy , the embryology and the primatology research. From the wealth of his morphological, systematic and taxonomic knowledge he provided an essential foundation for modern evolutionary biology .

Starck was a member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina , which awarded him the Gregor Mendel Medal in 1983 . In 1974 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Philosophical Faculty of the University of Vienna .

Starck was chairman and honorary member of the Anatomical Society, the German Zoological Society and many other national and international scientific societies. The Senckenberg Natural Research Society awarded him their highest scientific award, the Cretzschmar Medal.

Since 1956 he was married to Maria-Pia Countess Schirndinger von Schirnding (* 1930).

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