In Memoriam: Frans de Waal

Frans de Waal, a true luminary in the field of primatology and a cherished member of the TEDxAtlanta family, passed away on March 14, leaving behind a legacy that will continue to inspire generations to come. As a world-renowned primatologist, Emory University professor, and best-selling author of more than a dozen books, Frans was a beacon of knowledge and compassion. His groundbreaking research and findings not only revolutionized our understanding of human behavior but also shed light on the intricacies of animal behavior in the realms of empathy, morality, and cooperation. Frans graced the TEDx stage in 2011, captivating audiences with his insights on morality without religion in the animal kingdom. His talk sparked meaningful conversations and challenged conventional wisdom, leaving an indelible mark on all who had the privilege of hearing him speak.

Beyond his academic achievements, Frans will be remembered for his warmth, humility, and unwavering commitment to advancing our understanding of the natural world. His passion for his work was matched only by his kindness and generosity towards others. As we mourn this loss, let us take solace in the knowledge that Frans’ legacy will live on through his groundbreaking research, insightful writings, and the countless lives he touched. Our deepest condolences go out to Frans’ family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time. To honor Frans’ memory and celebrate his remarkable contributions to science and humanity, we invite you to watch his TEDx talks (listed below) and explore his body of work, which continues to inspire and educate. Frans de Waal may have left us, but his spirit will forever endure, guiding us towards a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

The surprising science of alpha males
Moral behavior in animals
Morality without religion
Monkey Business 101, How Animals Cooperate