Frans de Waal, PhD, a primatologist at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center of Emory University, a C.H. Candler professor of primate behavior in the department of psychology and director of the Living Links Center at Yerkes, has been elected as a member of the American Philosophical Society, the nation's oldest learned society.
"This is another well deserved recognition for one of the world's leading primatologists," said Stuart Zola, PhD, director of the Yerkes Research Center. "Dr. de Waal has been instrumental in helping the public better understand science, especially the need for nonhuman primates in biomedical and behavioral research."
De Waal is one of 50 new members recognized this year for distinguished and continuing achievements. The American Philosophical Society was founded in 1743. The society is an eminent scholarly organization of international reputation that promotes useful knowledge in the sciences, social sciences and humanities through excellence in scholarly research, professional meetings, publications, library resources and community outreach. Past and current members include George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Jane Goodall and Jimmy Carter.
Dr. de Waal's current research includes studies of food sharing, social reciprocity and conflict resolution in nonhuman primates as well as the origins of morality and justice in human society. He is the author of several books, including "Peacemaking Among Primates" (Harvard University Press, 1989), a popularized account of 15 years of research on conflict resolution in nonhuman primates; the book received the Los Angeles Times Book Award. His latest book, "Our Inner Ape" (Riverhead, Putnam), will be released this fall.
The Yerkes National Primate Research Center of Emory University is one of eight national primate research centers funded by the National Institutes of Health. The Yerkes Research Center is a recognized leader for its biomedical and behavioral studies with nonhuman primates, which provide a critical link between research with small laboratory animals and the clinical trials performed in humans. Yerkes researchers are on the forefront of developing vaccines for AIDS and malaria, and treatments for cocaine addiction and Parkinson's disease. Yerkes researchers also are leading programs to better understand the aging process, pioneer organ transplant procedures and provide safer drugs to organ transplant recipients, determine the behavioral effects of hormone replacement therapy, prevent early onset vision disorders and shed light on human behavioral evolution.