Frans de Waal, PhD, a primatologist at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University, a C.H. Candler Professor of Primate Behavior in the department of psychology and director of the Living Links Center at Yerkes, today was elected as a foreign associate to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors accorded to U.S. scientists and engineers.
"This is very well deserved recognition for one of the world's leading scientists in the field of primatology," said Michael M.E. Johns, MD, executive vice president for health affairs at Emory University. "Emory University is pleased and proud that Frans de Waal has chosen to make his research home at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, which does so much to promote leading-edge science here at Emory and around the world."
De Waal joins 72 new members and 17 other foreign associates from 13 countries in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
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 has authored several books and received the Los Angeles Times Book Award for "Peacemaking Among Primates" (Harvard University Press, 1989), a popularized account of fifteen years of research on conflict-resolution in nonhuman primates.
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 multidisciplinary research institute recognized as a leader in biomedical and behavioral studies with nonhuman primates. Yerkes scientists are on the forefront of developing vaccines for AIDS and malaria, and treatments for cocaine addiction and Parkinson's disease. Other research programs include cognitive development and decline, childhood visual defects, organ transplantation, the behavioral effects of hormone replacement therapy and social behaviors of primates. Leading researchers located worldwide seek to collaborate with Yerkes scientists.