Frans de Waal


Primatologist Frans de Waal looks at the “alpha male,” exploring the human desire for hierarchy and power while finding surprising parallels between how humans and primates choose our leaders. 


Dutch biologist Frans de Waal draws parallels between primate and human behavior, from peacemaking and morality to culture. Looking at human society through the lens of animal behavior, Frans' first book, Chimpanzee Politics, compares the schmoozing and scheming of chimpanzees involved in power struggles with that of human politicians. Named one of the 100 Most Influential People Today by Time Magazine, Frans has written hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific articles, and his books have been translated in over 20 languages. He currently lives in Atlanta, working as a professor in Emory University's psychology department and as Director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. 


Chimpanzee Politics: Power and Sex Among Apes, 1982. 

Primates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved, 2006. 

The Bonobo and the Atheist, 2013.

The Brains of the Animal KingdomThe Wall Street Journal2013. 

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Biologist and Primatologist