» Dame Jane Goodall
Dr. Jane was born on April 3, 1934 in England. She is not only a wildlife biologist, but also a famous primatologist and conservationist. She started her career in wildlife biology, working as an assistant with the famous anthropologist Louis Leakey. He introduced her to the study of chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park, Eastern Africa. In 1964, she completed her doctorate from the University of Cambridge in ethology, with the help of Louis Leakey. She is dubbed as “Leakey’s Angel”. She studied the habits and life cycle of wild chimpanzees. She was instrumental in learning about the cognition and thinking process in wild chimpanzees. One of her most famous discoveries is her observation, that like humans, chimpanzees also possess the ability to make tools. Another interesting fact about Goodall is that, instead of numbering the animals under study, she named each animal during her studies of the primates. Kofi Annan bestowed her with the title of United Nations Messenger of Peace in 2002. Prince Charles named her as the Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2004. In April 2008, Dr. Jane was awarded the Montana State University Medal for Global and Visionary Leadership.