Manfred Laubichler

Visiting Scholar
Visiting Scholars are established scholars, as evidenced by significant publications and broad academic experience, spending a fixed term as guests at the MPIWG for research purposes. They may be externally funded or receive a Research Fellowship from the MPIWG.
Department I
PhD, President's Professor of Theoretical Biology and History of Biology, Arizona State University
15. März 2013 to 15. Mai 2018

Manfred Laubichler joined the Research Program on the History of the Max Planck Society (GMPG) in 2013. He is President’s Professor of Theoretical Biology and History of Biology at Arizona State University and a Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. He and his group study among others the problem of evolutionary innovations—from genomes to technologies and knowledge systems. To this end Laubichler and his team develop novel analytical methods (big data computational history of science) and a general theory of phenotypic and knowledge evolution (extended evolution theory). Laubichler first studied zoology and mathematics in Vienna and received his PhD in Biology from Yale University before studying history and history of science at Princeton. His honors include being an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Within the GMPG, Manfred Laubichler is focused on the role of the MPG within the development and differentiation of the life sciences, including international comparisons. His general research interests span history of biology, computational history of science, evolutionary models of the dynamics of knowledge, and complexity theory.

Selected publications: 

Renn, J., Wintergrün, D., Lalli, R., Laubichler, M., & Valleriani, M. (2016). Netzwerke als Wissensspeicher. In J. Mittelstraß, & U. Rüdiger (Eds.), Die Zukunft der Wissensspeicher: Forschen, Sammeln und Vermitteln im 21. Jahrhundert (pp. 35-79). München: UVK Verlagsgesellschaft Konstanz.


Arendt, D., Musser, J. M., Baker, C. V. H., Bergman, A., Cepko, C., Erwin, D. H., Pavlicev, M., Schlosser, G., Widder, S., Laubichler, M. D., & Wagner, G. P. (2016). The origin and evolution of cell types. Nature Reviews Genetics, 17, 744-756. doi:10.1038/nrg.2016.127.


Renn, J., Laubichler, M. D., & Wendt, H. (2015). Energietransformationen zwischen Kaffee und Koevolution. In N. Möllers, C. Schwägerl, & H. Trischler (Eds.), Willkommen im Anthropozän: unsere Verantwortung für die Zukunft der Erde; Katalog zur Sonderausstellung am Deutschen Museum (pp. 79-82). München: Deutsches Museum.


Laubichler, M., & Renn, J. (2015). Extended Evolution. Berlin: Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte.


Laubichler, M. D., & Renn, J. (2015). Extended evolution: a conceptual framework for integrating regulatory networks and niche construction. Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution, 324(7), 565-577. doi:10.1002/jez.b.22631.



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