|From her 40 years of research on chimpanzee behavior and social
relations to her present day commitment to social and environmental causes, Dr. Jane
Goodalls contributions to humanity are remarkable. Her extraordinary life, as
a scientist and conservationist, has been highlighted with her close association with the
famed paleontologist Dr. Louis Leakey. It was at his suggestion that she set up
camp, in 1960, in the Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reservation on Lake Tanganyika. For
nearly ten years she studied the rarely observed lives of chimpanzees.
observations and discoveries are internationally heralded.
Her research and writing have made, and are making revolutionary inroads into
scientific thinking regarding the evolution of humans.
Dr. Goodall received her
Ph.D. from Cambridge University in 1965. She has been the Scientific Director of the
Gombe Stream Research Center since 1967. In 1984, she 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.
In 1977 she founded The
Jane Goodall Institute with the goal of creating a more caring, sustainable world.
She has established chimpanzee sanctuaries for the care and rehabilitation of orphaned
chimpanzees in four African countries. In addition, she has founded an international
environmental education and humanitarian program for youth, Roots & Shoots. This
program teaches care and respect for the environment, non-human animals and for the human
author of many acclaimed books and articles, Dr. Goodalls current bestseller Reason
for Hope, is a poignant and insightful memoir that explores the spiritual and scientific
experiences that have shaped her life. The book is also the subject of a recent PBS
television portrait. Other books she has authored include Through a Window: My
Thirty Years with the Chimpanzees of Gombe, My Life with the Chimpanzees, and In the
Shadow of Man.
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