Jesper Hoffmeyer, born 1942. Cand. Scient. in biochemistry at the University of Copenhagen 1967. Science fellowship at Collège de France in Paris 1967-68. Associate professor at Institute of Biological Chemistry, University of Copenhagen since 1968. He is presently guest-editing a special issue of Semiotica on biosemiotics.
Worked on genetic and biochemical regulation of purine nucleoside biosynthesis during the 70s. Began work on the history of science and technology and gradually moved on to theoretical biology. Established the Biosemiotics Group at the Institute of Molecular Biology (University of Copenhagen) in 1988.
Present research interests: The nature-culture relation in its historical development; Semiotics of nature; Bioanthropology.
- Board of directors: The Centre for Ethics and Law, University of Copenhagen;
- The International Committee of Jakob von Uexküll Centre, Tartu University, Estonia;
- Editorial board for Cybernetics & Human Knowing .
- Has published 7 books in Danish on social and philosophical aspects of biology and is a regular contributor of reviews and columns to leading Danish newspapers.
- Has been the editor of two major Danish magazines on science, technology and society.
- The Unfolding Semiosphere In G.Van de Vijver, Stanley Salthe and Manuela Delpos (eds.)Evolutionary Systems. Biological and Epistemological Perspectives on Selection and Self-Organization. Dordrecht: Kluwer 1998, pp. 281-293.
- Surfaces inside Surfaces. On the Origin of Agency and Life Cybernetics & Human Knowing, Vol. 5 (1), 1998, pp 33-42
- Molecular Biology and Heredity. Semiotic Aspects. In Thure von Uexküll (ed.): Psychosomatic Medicine, Urban &Schwarzenberg, Baltimore 1997 s. 43-50.
- Biosemiotics: Towards a New Synthesis in Biology. European Journal for Semiotic Studies, Vol. 9 No. 2, 1997, pp 355-376.
- Signs of Meaning in the Universe, Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1996.