WTM FAQ 1.8  What is Professor Prosen’s background?


Professor Harry Prosen MD (1930-2021), who wrote the Introduction to biologist Jeremy Griffith’s book FREEDOM: The End Of The Human Condition, was a North American psychiatrist. His roles included being Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and President of the Canadian Psychiatric Association. From 1998 he was psychiatric consultant to the Bonobo Species Preservation Society, assisting primatologists working with one of the largest collections of captive bonobo primates in the world at the Milwaukee County Zoo, studying bonobo culture and development. This work led to Professor Prosen receiving numerous consultations in the United States and other parts of the world concerning psychological and other problems in primates. Recently, the rehabilitation of an emotionally disturbed young bonobo named “Brian” generated substantial publicity, including a story in The Atlantic.


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You can watch marvellous footage of Professor Prosen affirming the significance of FREEDOM: The End Of The Human Condition in Video/​Freedom Essay 7, which was filmed in February 2014 at the Milwaukee County Zoo in front of the Zoo’s extraordinarily cooperative and empathetic group of bonobos. For more information on Professor Prosen’s background, click here. We also recommend reading his Introduction to FREEDOM.