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EMBL/EMBO Joint Conference 2004

Paul Baltes, Max-Planck-Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany

Biography

Paul Baltes is a senior fellow (Mitglied) of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Sciences, director at the Max-Planck-Institute for Human Development in Berlin (Germany), and part-time Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia (USA). His research interests include theories and models of adaptive (successful) human development, interdisciplinary perspectives on gerontology, cognitive aging, and the psychology of wisdom. Currently, he directs the newly created Max Planck International Research Network on Aging (MaxNetAging) in which several organizations collaborate. Baltes is a member of numerous scholarly and academic organizations, including Academia Europaea, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, the Gerontological Society of America, the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development, the German Academy of Sciences Leopolina (Vice-President, 2001-present) the American Academy for the Arts and Sciences, and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. His numerous awards include the International Psychology Award of the American Psychological Association, the Aristotle Prize of the European Federation of Psychological Associations, the Novartis Prize for Gerontological Research of the International Association of Gerontology, the Robert W. Kleemeier award in recognition of outstanding research in the field of gerontology of the Gerontological Society of America, the Ipsen Foundation Longevity Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the German Society of Psychology, and honorary doctorates from the University of Jyvasksla (Finland), the University of Stockholm (Sweden), the University of Geneva (Switzerland), and Humboldt University (Germany). After receiving his doctorate in 1967 from the University of Saarland (Germany), Baltes spent 12 years as a faculty member and department head in the United States. In 1977-78, 1990-91, and 1997-98, he was a Fellow at the Stanford Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.