Author H. von Foerster
Heinz von Foerster was born in 1911. He studied physics at the Vienna Technical University. In 1944 he received a Ph.D. in physics at the University Breslau. After World War II he taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he he became professor for signal engineering in 1951 and professor for biophysics in 1962. Most importantly, from 1958 until his retirement in 1975 he was director of the Biological Computer Laboratory (BCL). There, he provided a fruitful platform for many cognitive scientists and constructivists. Heinz von Foerster died on 2 October 2002 in Pescadero, California.

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Foerster H. von (1943) Über das Leistungsproblem beim Klystron. Berichte der Lilienthal Gesellschaft für Luftfahrtforschung 155: 1–5.
Foerster H. von (1948) Das Gedächtnis: Eine quantenmechanische Untersuchung. F. Deuticke, Vienna.
Foerster H. von (1949) Cybernetics: Transactions of the Sixth Conference. Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, New York.
Foerster H. von (1949) Quantum Mechanical Theory of Memory. In: Cybernetics: Transactions of the Sixth Conference. Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, New York: 112–145.
Foerster H. von (1954) Experiment in Popularization. Nature 174: 4424.
Foerster H. von (1958) Basic Concepts of Homeostasis. In: Homeostatic Mechanisms. Upton, New York: 216–242.
Foerster H. von (1959) Some Remarks on Changing Populations. In: Stohlman F. J. (ed.) The Kinetics of Cellular Proliferation. Grune and Stratton, New York: 382–407.
Foerster H. von (1960) Bionics in Bionics Symposium. Technical Report 60–600. Wright Air Development Division.
Foerster H. von (1960) On Self-Organizing Systems and Their Environments. In: Yovits M. C. & Cameron S. (eds.) Self-Organizing Systems. Pergamon Press, London: 31–50. Available at
Foerster H. von (1960) Some Aspects in the Design of Biological Computers. In: Proceedings of the Second International Congress on Cybernetics. International Cybernetics Association, Namur: 241–255.
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