Axel Michelsen - Curriculum vitae
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Born: March 1, 1940 in Haderslev, Denmark
Married to Ulla West-Nielsen (born 1941, died 2008). Three children. Six grandchildren.

  • Studies at the University of Copenhagen 1959-1966; Mag. scient. (Ph.D.) 1966, Dr. phil. (D.Sc.), Univ.Copenhagen 1971 (Thesis : The Physiology of the Locust Ear)
  • Amanuensis (Ass. Prof.), University of Copenhagen, Departments of Animal Physiology and Zoology, 1966-1972
  • Professor of Biology, Odense University (1973-2005)
  • Member, Danish Natural Science Research Council 1973-78 and 1984-85; chair and member of the Danish Science Advisory Council 1975-1978 Chair, Fachbeirat of Max-Planck-Institute of Behavioural Physiology at Seewiesen, 1977- 1981
  • Member of the editorial (or editorial advisory) board, J. exp.Biol. (1978- 1982), J. comp. Physiol. (1978- ), Biol. Cybernet. (1978 - 1999), Bioacoustics (1987 -), Bioinsp. Biomim. (2006 -)
  • Chair, Danish National Committee for Biophysics (1980-1990)
  • Chair, Danish National Committee for ICSU (1986-2000)
  • Director, Carlsberg Foundation (1986- )
  • Director, Centre for Sound Communication (1994-2003)

Honors

  • Knight of the Order of Dannebrog (1980); First class (1990)
  • Member, Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters (1979)
  • Member, Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina (1982)
  • Member, Academia Europaea (1989)
  • Corresponding member, Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz (1990)
  • Corresponding member, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften (1991)
  • Corresponding member, Die Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen (2006)
  • Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize (1990)
  • Golden Needle of the Danish Beekeepers Association (1993)

Addresses
  • Work: Institute of Biology, University of Southern Denmark, 5230 Odense M, Denmark . Tel. +45-65502466.
  • E-mail: A.Michelsen@Biology.sdu.dk

Field of Scholarship

Biophysics of sound communication (frequency analysis in insect ears, physics of directional hearing in insects and birds, sound emission in insects, social communication by means of substrate-borne vibrations). Social communication in honeybees, especially the dance language.

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