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Goodall, Jane

Born: 1934 AD
Currently alive, at 82 years of age.
Nationality: British
Categories: Zoologist

1934 – Born on April 3rd in London, England. British ethologist, known for her exceptionally detailed and long-term research on the chimpanzees of Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania.

1952 – Goodall, who was interested in animal behavior from an early age, left school at age 18. She worked as a secretary and as a film production assistant until she gained passage to Africa.

1960 – Her association with Leakey led eventually to her establishment in June of a camp in the Gombe Stream Game Reserve (now a national park) so that she could observe the behavior of chimpanzees in the region.

1962-1964 – She married a Dutch photographer who had been sent to Tanzania to film her work (later they divorced).

1965 – The University of Cambridge awarded Goodall a Ph.D. in ethology; she was one of very few candidates to receive a Ph.D. without having first possessed an A.B. degree.

1971 – Goodall wrote a number of books and articles about various aspects of her work, notably In the Shadow of Man.

1977 – She cofounded the Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education, and Conservation in California; the centre later moved its headquarters to Washington, D.C.

1986 – She summarized her years of observation in The Chimpanzees of Gombe: Patterns of Behavior.

         – Goodall continued to write and lecture about environmental and conservation issues into the early 21st century.

1999 – Co-wrote her memoir "Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey".

2003 – The recipient of numerous honours, she was created Dame of the British Empire.