Frans de Waal started his career in his native
Holland, where he studied biology before moving to the United States,
in 1981. His first book, Chimpanzee Politics (1982), compared
the schmoozing and scheming of chimpanzees involved in power struggles
with that of human politicians. Ever since, de Waal has drawn parallels
between primate and human behavior, from aggression to morality
and culture. His six popular books - translated into over a dozen
languages - have made him one of the world's best known primatologists.
He received the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Peacemaking
Among Primates (1989), and together with wildlife photographer
Frans Lanting produced the first and only overview of bonobo behavior:
Bonobo: The Forgotten Ape (1997).
his discovery of reconciliation among primates, de Waal founded
the field of animal conflict resolution research. 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. De Waal has also edited
nine scientific volumes.
is C. H. Candler Professor in the Psychology Department of Emory
University and Director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes
National Primate Research Center, in Atlanta. He has been elected
to the (US) National Academy of Sciences (see his 2005 profile
in PNAS, 320 KB), the American Philosophical Society, and the Royal
Dutch Academy of Sciences.