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Through her scientific work, articles and books Goodall has transformed human perceptions of their primate cousins. From an early age Jane Goodall exhibited a tenacious fascination with things wild: at eighteen months she was taking earthworms to bed in her pockets! Though she decided at age eight that she would study wild animals in Africa, it was not until she was twenty-six that her dream was realised.
Without any formal training, she was taken under the wing of the world famous palaeontologist Dr Louis Leakey. He, realising her potential, wanted Jane to study chimpanzees in their natural environs. Thus, in 1960, Goodall found herself observing wild chimpanzees near Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania. Bringing extreme patience and diligence to the revolutionary work of researching the behaviour of non-human primates, Goodall laid the foundation for all subsequent primate studies.
Goodall earned her PhD from Cambridge five years after beginning her field research. Today she is one of the world's most respected and renowned scientists, the recipient of many prestigious awards, she has also been responsible for founding the Jane Goodall Institute (to support chimpanzee research) and the Gombe Stream Research Centre in the field. Goodall chronicled her twenty-five years of anthropological and conservation research in The Chimpanzees of Gombe: Patterns of Behaviour (1985).
Jane Goodall biography
The Jane Goodall Institute
Gombe Stream Research Centre
The Chimpanzees of Gombe: Patterns of Behaviour