Frans B. M. de Waal

Emeritus C. H. Candler Professor of Primate Behavior

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Department of Psychology

36 Eagle Row
Emory University

Atlanta, GA 30322

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Dr. de Waal received his Ph.D. in Biology and Zoology from Utrecht University, the Netherlands, in 1977. He completed his postdoctoral study of chimpanzees while associated with Utrecht University, in 1981, and moved the same year to the USA. He has been a National Academy of Sciences member since 2004, and a Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences member since 1993. Time featured him in 2007 as one of the World's One Hundred Most Influential People. He is the Director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. Dr. de Waal won the 2020 PEN / EO Wilson Literary Science Writing Award for his recent book, Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves.


I have stopped taking any new graduate students, and have closed my labs at the Yerkes Primate Center. I still have a few research projects going, such as on chimpanzees and bonobos at Burgers Zoo in the Netherlands and at the Lola ya Bonobo sanctuary in the DRC. 

I am active communicating the importance of primatological research to the general public, doing so both through many lectures throughout the world and via books for popular audiences.