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Jane Goodall

Primatologist and Anthropologist Jane Goodall
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Profession: Primatologist and Anthropologist

Nationality:
England
English

Why Famous: Jane Goodall changed what we know about chimpanzeees. After working with paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey, Goodall began studying chimpanzees in Gombe forest, Tanzania. In 1960, using then unorthodox methods, she was the first to discover that chimpanzees could make and use tools. Her discoveries have gone on to change the way humans regard our nearest relations in the animal world.

In 1977 Goodall founded the Gombe Institute to support research and help protect the chimpanzees' habitat. Her continued work in conservation includes in 1991 setting up the Roots & Shoots youth program, now active worldwide.

Born: April 3, 1934
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Age: 87 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Aries

Historical Events

  • 1965-11-22 "Miss Goodall and the Wild Chimpanzees" broadcast on CBS, watched by 25 million, brings Jane Goodall to international attention

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