Jane Goodall
Ethologist Dr. Jane Goodall, one of the most renowned and respected scientists in the world. She is the author of six major books, numerous articles and the recipient of many prestigious awards. Her profound scientific discoveries have revolutionized the field of primatology. For example, she observed how chimpanzees made and used their own tools - a behaviour previously believed to separate man from all other animals. Jane Goodall is the world's foremost authority on chimpanzees. In the jungles of Tanzania, Africa, she observed chimpanzees for over 35 years, as well as responsible environmental citizenship and global compassion. She’s also a world-class scientist who revolutionized the way we look at the world.
Dr. Goodall was born in London in 1934. Nursing a childhood dream to travel to Africa and work with wild animals, worked as a waitress to pay her way to Kenya. There she met renowned anthropologist and archeologist Louis Leakey, who in 1960 sent her into the field, without formal training, to observe chimpanzees. She was the first of a trio of women to study the great apes: Dr. Leakey later recruited Dian Fossey to study gorillas and Canadian Birute Galdikas to study orangutans.
Her research, which is the longest continuous field study of any animal species, has resulted in several books, including Wild Chimpanzees, Through a Window, and In The Shadow of Man, and countless articles in National Geographic and other scientific publications. Goodall’s observations and discoveries are internationally heralded. Her research and writing have made, and are making, revolutionary inroads into scientific thinking regarding the evolutions of humans.
Without having earned a prior degree, she completed her Ph.D. in Ethology (the study of animal behavior with ties to certain other disciplines such as ecology and evolution) at Cambridge University in 1965. She has been the Scientific Director of the Gombe Stream Research Center since 1967. In 1984, Jane Goodall received the J. Paul Getty Wildlife Conservation Prize for “helping millions of people understand the importance of wildlife conservation to life on this planet.” Her other awards and international recognitions fill pages.
Jane Goodall is the world’s foremost authority on chimpanzees, having closely observed their behavior for the past quarter century in the jungles of the Gombe Game Reserve in Africa, living in the chimps’ environment and gaining their confidence. She founded the Gombe Stream Research Center in Tanzania and has been its scientific director since 1967.
In 1977, she started the Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education and Conservation in San Francisco. The non-profit institute’s goals include ongoing support for field research on wild chimpanzees. The organization recently relocated to Ridgefield, Connecticut, and has offices in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Tanzania.
In 1985, Jane Goodall’s twenty-five years of anthropological and conservation research was published, helping us all to better understand the relationship between all creatures. She has now devoted over thirty years to her mission.
Now, Dr. Goodall has a new focus, working to promote awareness of global conservation issues and to show that human beings, animals, and the environment are interdependent. She teaches and encourages young people to appreciate the conversation of chimpanzees and all creatures great and small. She also lectures, writes, teaches and continues her mission in many inventive ways, including the Chimpanzee Guardian Project.