Dr. Jane Goodall is regarded by many as one of the world’s most important female scientists and a towering figure in the environmental and animal rights movements. This celebrated anthropologist came to Kentucky Author Forum to discuss her book Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey (Warner) in 1999.
Few childhood dreams come to life as they did for Jane Goodall. Fascinated by animals, she dreamed of living like Tarzan and Dr. Doolittle and writing about the animals with whom she lived. Dr. Louis Leakey, famed anthropologist and paleontologist, chose young Goodall for a pioneering study of wild chimpanzees. This field study, in addition to a Ph.D. in ethology from Cambridge University, led Goodall to establish the Gombe Stream Research Centre in Kenya. Her work laid the foundation for all future primate studies and forever changed how the world viewed these animals. Over the years her studies have shown the many striking similarities between humans and chimpanzees.
Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education and Conservation, Goodall has worked tirelessly for the conservation of habitats and to promote positive relationships among people, the environment and animals. “Roots and Shoots” is one of the Institute’s most successful environmental and humanitarian programs for young people.
A recipient of numerous awards, and the author of many books and articles, Goodall is the only non-Tanzanian to have received the Medal of Tanzania. Goodall now spends much of her time sharing her message of hope for the future and encouraging young people to make a difference in their world.
Dr, Jane Goodall was interviewed at Kentucky Author Forum by Dr. Richard Wrangham, chairman of the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University. A MacArthur Fellow, Wrangham has directed the Kibale Chimpanzee Project in western Uganda and has written four books and published more than 80 articles on chimpanzees and other mammals in Africa.