Dr. Frans B. M. de Waal

Emory University, USA

Dr. Frans B. M. de Waal is a Dutch/American biologist and primatologist known for his work on the behavior and social intelligence of primates. His first book, Chimpanzee Politics (1982) compared the schmoozing and scheming of chimpanzees involved in power struggles with that of human politicians. His scientific work has been published in hundreds of technical articles in journals such as Science, Nature, Scientific American, and outlets specialized in animal behavior. His popular books – translated into twenty languages – have made him one of the world’s most visible primatologists. His latest book is Mama’s Last Hug: Animal and Human Emotions (Norton, 2019).

De Waal is C. H. Candler Professor in the Psychology Department of Emory University and Director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Center, in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2007, he was selected by Time as one of The Worlds’ 100 Most Influential People Today.