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Mario Markus, Professor emeritus at the University of Dortmund, Germany, was born in Santiago de Chile and lived there during his first twenty years with his german parents. He studied Physics in Heidelberg, Germany, where he got his PhD with a thesis on Plasma Physics in 1973. Later on he became a research group leader at the Max-Planck-Institute in Dortmund. He has published more than 160 scientific articles in international journals about self-organisation and chaos in Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

Mario Markus began to write poems when he was forty years old. His first poetry book in spanish language appeared 1990 in Madrid. A CD containing his poems appeared 2004 in Chile. 2005 he won a contest of the Chilean Department of State to produce a CD-book spoken by him and containing his translations of chilean poetry into german. Another collection of his poems appeared in spanisch ("Punzadas", 2007) and in german ("Stiche", 2016).

His science-fiction novel Bilis Negra (2001) was converted into a successful comic (2006). Markus' book Charts for Prediction and Chance (2007) contains a CD-ROM with which everyone can draw surrealistic pictures using mathematical formulae. Pictures obtained in this way were shown in several countries, including the USA, the UK and Germany.

His Chemical Poems (one poem for each of the 118 known elements) appeared 2013 in the USA. A book about the extinction of insects, containing many aesthetically appealing photographies of extinct or endangered species, as well as anecdotal essays, was published in 2014 by the Kosmos-Verlag in Germany.

Mario Markus' main concern is the unification of the "two cultures" science and art.

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