Research Professor of Biology, Co-Founder Duke Primate Center (now Lemur Center)
1958 - 2003
DegreesBA UCLA, PhD Yale
A zoologist who studied maternal bonds and primate hibernation, Klopfer helped establish the link between oxytocin and bonding. He was a co-founder of the Duke Lemur Center (then Duke Primate Center). Duke women's track coach. Jailed for refusing the military draft in the Korean War, he later became the plaintiff in a 1967 U.S. Supreme Court case concerning his right to a speedy trial for protesting Jim Crow segregation in a Chapel Hill restaurant.