Hans Meinhardt works at the Max-Planck-Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen, Germany. He studied physics in Cologne and Heidelberg. After his Ph.D. 1966 he worked for two years at CERN, the European High Energy Laboratory near Geneva, where he learned to use computers for the modeling of complex systems. From 1969 onwards he developed at the Max-Planck-Institute in Tübingen molecularly feasible models for pattern formation during development of higher organisms, partially together with Alfred Gierer. Meanwhile several of these predicted mechanisms found direct support by research on the molecular level. Since 2004 he is emeritus at the institute.
Models of Biological Pattern Formation. Academic Press, London, 1982 (freely available at http://www.eb.tuebingen.mpg.de/meinhardt/82-book.
The Algorithmic Beauty of Sea Shells (fourth edition, 2009) Springer, Heidelberg, New York