Karl Ludwig von Bertalanffy

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty AR LLC PB00068179

Karl Ludwig von Bertalanffy was born in Atzgerdorf, Austria-Hungary back in 1901 to Gustav and Charlotte. His parents divorced when he was ten. He was educated by private tutors. In 1918, at 17 he began his studies at the University of Innsbruck and the University of Vienna.

He had a choice of philosophy of science or biology and he chose biology. He received his PhD in 1926. In 1934, he received is doctorial in “theoretical biology”. He was in the U.S. when he returned to Vienna where he joined the Nazi Party. I do not know if he did that for self-preservation or because he was forced to.

After the war, he moved several times to teach and do research two of which were the University of Southern California and the State University of New York at Buffalo. In 1972, he died from a sudden heart attack. What you may not know about him is that he is known as one of the founders of the general systems theory. That system describes the systems with interacting components applicable to biology, cybernetics and other fields. His mathematical model of an organism’s growth over time which was published in 1934 is still in use today.

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning James. Never heard of Karl. we must have drank at different bars! Enjoy your day!

Apr 19, 2017 05:07 AM #1
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

That was a study for me a long time ago!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Apr 19, 2017 05:09 AM #2
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

He had a productive career and unfortunately, many people you thought where intelligent got caught up in the Nazi horror.

Apr 19, 2017 05:22 AM #3
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi James... since I have no real idea what general systems theory is, it's no wonder I had no idea about this man!

Apr 19, 2017 05:32 AM #4
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty & Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Wow, try saying that name three times fast! Have a great day, James Dray 

Apr 19, 2017 05:43 AM #5
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

A very smart man indeed and one that I would have never known, had I not visited your blog today!

Apr 19, 2017 07:27 AM #6
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I have no comprehension of the general systems theory.  I am sure my father would have known the answer.  Thanks for sharing this one with us.  A

Apr 19, 2017 07:32 AM #7
Rebecca Lewis
ODAT Realty Services, Inc - Grayson, GA

He sure left a lasting legacy for the scientific world. Thank you for bringing another fine specimen to our attention.

Apr 19, 2017 07:42 AM #8
Anna Hatridge
Goodson Realty - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with Goodson Realty

Wow, amazing all that he accomplished.

Apr 19, 2017 08:33 AM #9
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

You constantly amaze me James Dray with your knowledge of American history and those who have given us so much...

Apr 19, 2017 09:41 AM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- I have a feeling that his math and my math are on very different planes. 

Apr 19, 2017 05:16 PM #11
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Apr 20, 2017 07:08 AM #12
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Unusual life, James Dray. Maybe I am too tired - it is about 2:30 AM, but at this point 'of the morning,' I like my life better  .  Have a great week, my friend.

Apr 24, 2017 12:24 AM #13
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