Prof. dr. Frans de Waal

Frans B.M. de Waal studied biology in Nijmegen and Groningen and obtained his doctorate at Utrecht University in 1977, under the supervision of Professor Jan van Hooff. From 1975 to 1981 he carried out research on the chimpanzee colony at Burgers Zoo in Arnhem. Since 1981 he has been involved in scientific research in the United States. He currently holds the post of C.H. Candler Professor in psychology at Emory University in Atlanta and is director of the Living Links Center of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. In 2007 the American news magazine Time numbered De Waal among the 'TIME 100: The People Who Shape Our World', a list of the 100 most influential people in the world today.

In 1993 De Waal was appointed as a corresponding member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and sciences; he is a member of the American National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. De Waal has written over a dozen books which have been translated into more than 20 languages, and his latest book is The Bonobo and the Atheist. In 2013 Frans de Waal was awarded an honorary doctorate from Utrecht University.