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Weiss, Paul Alfred (21 March 1898–08 September 1989), biologist, was born in Vienna, Austria, the son of Carl S. Weiss, a successful businessman, and Rosalie Kohn. An uncle who was a lawyer stimulated young Paul’s interest in science, literature, and the arts. In 1918, after three years of army service, Weiss entered the University of Vienna to study law and engineering. He soon shifted his interest from law to biology but continued the study of engineering. He was awarded a Ph.D. in biology in 1922 for his dissertation “Animal Behavior as System Reaction.” His training in engineering strongly influenced his attitudes as a and throughout his career both his laboratory work and his thought were characterized by elegance and precision....