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About Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE
Founder, the Jane Goodall Institute and
United Nations Messenger of Peace

Jane Goodall photoIn 1958, Jane Goodall sailed to Africa to pursue a lifelong dream of living with and writing about wild animals. After working with legendary anthropologist Louis Leakey, she was offered the rare opportunity to study wild chimpanzees on the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika at the Gombe Stream Reserve. Armed with a diploma from the Queen’s Secretarial School in London and accompanied by her mother, Goodall persevered in an environment where others had lasted only months.

Her patient, unrelenting study and observation yielded surprising results. Chimpanzees fashion and use tools — a task previously thought to be a purely human characteristic — and they hunt and eat meat. Care of the young is long and close. Chimpanzees are sociable and expressive — sometimes when friends meet they fling their arms around each other in a delighted embrace. When National Geographic documented Goodall’s early discoveries in articles and television specials, “Jane Goodall” became a household name.

In 1965, Goodall founded the Gombe Stream Research Centre, and the following year earned a Ph.D. in ethology, the scientific study of animal behavior, from Cambridge University. In 1977, she established the Jane Goodall Institute, which today is a global organization with more than 27 offices that support research at Gombe, as well as community-centered conservation programs in Africa, and youth leadership and education around the world. Goodall’s book The Chimpanzees of Gombe: Patterns of Behavior culminated the first 20 years of the Gombe research and is recognized as a milestone in the understanding of wild chimpanzee behavior.

Goodall has won numerous awards for her environmental and humanitarian work. She was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace in 2002, and in 2004, in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, Prince Charles invested Goodall as a Dame of the British Empire, the female equivalent of knighthood. She has also received the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, the French Legion of Honor, the Medal of Tanzania and Japan’s prestigious Kyoto Prize, among many other honors.

For more information on Dr. Goodall and the work of the Jane Goodall Institute, please visit


About the Lecture

“Making a Difference: An Evening with Jane Goodall”
Barnhill Arena
University of Arkansas
Friday, October 5, 2012
7 p.m.

Cosponsored by the University of Arkansas Honors College and the Distinguished Lectures Committee.

  • Doors open at 6 p.m.
  • Entrance through the south side of Barnhill Arena (facing the HPER Building).
  • No tickets are required.
  • The event is free and open to the public.
  • Books by or about Dr. Goodall will be available for purchase at the event.
  • A book signing will follow Dr. Goodall's remarks.
  • No photography allowed.

Parking options, free after 5 p.m., include:

  • Meadow Avenue Parking Garage, accessed from Meadow Ave. and located under the new practice facility, west of the HPER Building.
  • Stadium Drive Parking Garage, accessed from Stadium Drive and located east of Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
  • For more information about parking on campus visit

Dr. Goodall's lecture will headline the University of Arkansas Honors College 10th Birthday Celebration.

For more information see this Newswire announcement.

Photo credits:

Portrait of Dr. Jane Goodall: ©Stuart Clarke
Tab photo of Dr. Goodall with chimp: © Michael Neugebauer
Please Note: Dr. Goodall does not handle wild chimpanzees. This orphan chimp lives at a sanctuary.