Definition of Tinbergen, Nikolaas in English:

Tinbergen, Nikolaas

proper noun

  • (1907–88), Dutch zoologist. From his studies he found that much animal behaviour is innate and stereotyped, and he introduced the concept of displacement activity. Tinbergen shared a Nobel Prize in 1973 with Karl von Frisch and Konrad Lorenz. He was the brother of the economist Jan Tinbergen.


Tinbergen, Nikolaas