Dame Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE

Founder, the Jane Goodall Institute, UN Messenger of Peace

Headshot photo of Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE

A legend in the field of primatology, Jane Goodall is the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees. From her earliest days in Gombe, Tanzania, in the late 1950s, her research challenged conventional wisdom about chimp behavior and their social similarities with humans. In turn, her groundbreaking studies blazed a trail for other women scientists to enter the field. The Jane Goodall Institute, founded in 1977 to protect chimpanzees and their habitats, supports innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, along with Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots global program for young people. In addition to numerous other publications, Goodall has written two books about her work at Gombe—In the Shadow of Man and Through a Window—as well as a best-selling autobiography, Reason for Hope, and many children’s books. Goodall’s lifelong dedication to animal rights, conservation, and environmentalism has earned her many of the world’s most prestigious honors, including Dame of the British Empire and the French Legion of Honor.