Frans de Waal is a Dutch/American biologist who has been named among Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. His latest book is Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us about Ourselves (W.W. Norton, 2019). The author of The Bonobo and the Atheist, among many other works, he is the C. H. Candler Professor at Emory University and director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes Primate Center. De Waal lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Primatologist Frans de Waal Explores Animal Emotions
In his book “Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us About Ourselves,” primatologist Frans de Waal catalogues the vast spectrum of emotional behaviors in animals.
The Many Emotions Of Animals
In this excerpt of “Mama’s Last Hug” by Frans de Waal, learn about the animals that express gratitude, seek revenge, and are even hopeful.
How Do You Measure the I.Q. of an Octopus?
The trick, says primatologist Frans de Waal, is to measure animal intelligence not by human standards, but by the standards of an octopus or elephant or chimpanzee.
Are Humans Smarter Than Chimps? Think Again
Author Frans de Waal deconstructs the notion that a chimpanzee’s intelligence is inferior to a human’s.
Searching for the Roots of ‘Right’ and ‘Wrong’
Primatologist Frans de Waal explores the origins of morality in The Bonobo and the Atheist.
Mama’s Boys, Black Sheep, and Peacekeepers
An excerpt from “The Bonobo and the Atheist.”