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For the 'Planet of the Apes TV Series' character, see Galen (TV Series).

Doctor, these animals are dirty.
Dr. Galen[src]

Doctor Galen was a chimpanzee who worked as a veterinarian in the Academy's animal Research Complex in Ape City during the latter half of the 40th century. Forever frustrated with his position, he pleaded with his colleague, animal psychologist Doctor Zira, about advancement in the field. Citing the recent abolition of the quota system, Galen believed that he should be held in as high regard as Zira. Zira however, downplayed her own importance, noting that Minister of Science, Doctor Zaius, routinely "looked down his nose at chimpanzees".

Galen despised working with human patients, as he felt they were little more than savage, filthy creatures. On one occasion, one of his human child charges even bit him on the hand. Gorilla hunters brought a human astronaut named Taylor into the laboratory to be treated for wounds he had sustained during the morning's hunt. Doctor Galen was the first ape to talk to Taylor, and in fact saved Taylor's life with a blood transfusion from Nova, and bandaged his throat wound.

In the 2011 novel Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes, Dr. Galen was one of the central characters. He conducted gruesome and illegal experiments on human subjects in order to test surgical transplantation theories, all without success. He was married to Liet, a cousin of Dr. Milo, though she was having an affair with the gorilla/chimp hybrid garbage ape Mungwortt. Galen came to keep Landon captive in his laboratory for some time, and came under the suspicion of Dr. Zaius and Marcus. On first hearing Landon speak, Galen summoned Marcus and recaptured the human, but after Marcus and Zaius accused Galen of surgically creating a human freak and tried to arrest him, London pushed both Galen and Marcus off a bridge and both perished, shortly before the trial of Taylor.

Dr. Galen was condemned at the trial, together with Zira and Cornelius, by Dr. Zaius for training or 'creating' Taylor, a talking human, to support Zira's theories about human intelligence.




Planet of the Apes - The Original Pentalogy Series
Planet of the Apes (APJ) Movies
Planet of the Apes | Beneath the Planet of the Apes | Escape from the Planet of the Apes | Conquest of the Planet of the Apes | Battle for the Planet of the Apes
Main Ape Characters
Zira | Cornelius | Zaius | Ursus | Milo | Caesar | Lisa | Virgil | Aldo | Cornelius II | Lawgiver
Supporting Ape Characters
Hunt Leader | Julius | Marcus | Galen | Honorius | Maximus | President of the Assembly | Lucius | Minister | Minister | Frank | Mandemus
Main Human Characters
George Taylor | Nova | John Landon | Dodge | John Brent | Mendez XXVI | Caspay | Ongaro | Albina | Fat Man | Lewis Dixon | Stephanie Branton | Otto Hasslein | Armando | Breck | MacDonald (Conquest) | MacDonald (Battle) | Kolp | Mendez I
Supporting Human Characters
Stewart | Maddox | Verger | General Winthrop | General Faulkner | The President | Chairman of the President's Committee of Inquiry | E-1 | E-2 | Inspector Hoskyns | TV Newscaster | Mrs Riley | Mutant Captain | Jake | Jake's friend
Horse | Gorilla in Zoo
Items / Weapons
Sacred Scrolls | Human Doll | Alpha-Omega Bomb | Grape Juice Plus
Important Events / Battles
Ape Rebellion
Bellatrix | Orion | Earth's Moon | Ape City | Forbidden Zone | Statue of Liberty | Queensboro Plaza | Radio City Music Hall | Grand Central Terminal | New York Stock Exchange | St. Patrick's Cathedral' | New York City | Jefferson Public School | Los Angeles | Los Angeles Zoo | Forbidden City | Ape City (Caesar's City) | Council
Betrayal of the Planet of the Apes | Exile on the Planet of the Apes | Planet of the Apes: Ursus| Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern | Kong on the Planet of the Apes | Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes
Soundtrack Music
Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album) | Beneath the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album) | Escape from the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album) | Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album) | Battle for the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album) | Music Of The Planet Of The Apes