Yerkes National Primate Research Center

Campus: Druid Hills in Atlanta

Namesake: Robert Yerkes

Date: Construction in 1965

Purpose: Research

Acquired as a gift from Yale University in 1956, the Yerkes National Primate Research Center was moved from its original home in Orange Park, Florida, to its current location in 1965.

Its namesake, Robert Yerkes, was a Yale psychologist and groundbreaking primatologist who founded the center in 1930. Yerkes himself was not without controversy; the intelligence tests he helped to develop have been criticized by later anthropologists and psychologists as being racially biased, and he supported eugenics-based immigration restrictions.