Moore Research Professor of Biological Anthropology, Harvard University, Curator of Primatology at Harvard's Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology, Cambridge, USA.
Irven DeVore began his fieldwork in 1959 studying the behavior and ecology of free-ranging baboons in Kenya. Continued research on these and other primates led to the publication of Primate Behavior in 1965.
Beginning in 1963, DeVore directed studies of the demography, ecology, archaeology, ethology, health and nutrition, child-rearing practices, social organization, personality, myth, religion and trance phenomenon of the !Kung San (Bushmen) of Botswana. These studies led to the publication, with Richard Lee, of Man the Hunter in 1968 and Kalahari Hunter-Gatherers in 1976.
Beginning in 1980, DeVore co-directed the Ituri Project, a similarly intensive long-term study of the Efe (pygmy hunter-gatherers) and Lese (horticultural villagers) of the Ituri Forest in Zaire.
From 1980-85 DeVore collaborated with John and Beatrice Whiting on the cross- cultural study of adolescent behavior and development at field sites in Nigeria, Thailand, Morocco, northern Canada (Copper Eskimos), Australia (Arnhem Land Aborigines) and Kenya.
DeVore has been active in the L.S.B. Leakey Foundation and the Dolphins of Shark Bay Research Foundation, which he co-founded in 1987. The latter focuses on the social organization, behavior and communication of wild dolphins in western Australia.
His research interests continue to be hunter-gatherer studies, primate behavior and evolutionary theory; his area of research interest is Africa.
He is co-editor of Kalahari Hunter-Gatherers: Studies of the Kung San and Their Neighbors (Harvard Un versity Press, 1998).