Frans de Waal

Frans de Waal
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Frans de Waal in 2006
Franciscus Bernardus Maria de Waal

(1948-10-29) October 29, 1948 (age 70)
Scientific career
FieldsPrimatologist, Ethologist
InstitutionsEmory University
Doctoral advisorJan van Hooff
InfluencesNikolaas Tinbergen, Jan van Hooff

Franciscus Bernardus Maria "Frans" de Waal (born October 29, 1948) is a Dutch primatologist and ethologist. He is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Primate Behavior in the Department of Psychology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory,[1] and author of numerous books including Chimpanzee Politics and Our Inner Ape. His research centers on primate social behavior, including conflict resolution, cooperation, inequity aversion, and food-sharing. He is a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Early life and education

De Waal was born in 's-Hertogenbosch. He studied at the Dutch universities of Radboud University Nijmegen, University of Groningen, and Utrecht. In 1977, De Waal received his doctorate in biology from Utrecht University after training as a zoologist and ethologist with Professor Jan van Hooff, a well-known expert of emotional facial expressions in primates. His dissertation research concerned aggressive behavior and alliance formation in macaques.[2] De Waal has said many times that he has been inspired by fellow Dutch ethologist Niko Tinbergen.[3] In 2018, he received an Honorary Doctoral Degree in Social Sciences from Yale University.

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