5 Major Accomplishments of Jane Goodall

5 Major Accomplishments of Jane Goodall


Jane Goodall is an anthropologist and an animal rights activist. She is one of the very few people in history who was accepted for a PhD without being a graduate. Winner of multiple awards, Jane Goodall has inspired millions of people, mostly animal lovers and environmentalists, and she has solely influenced many people to become vocal and involved in animal rights. Here is a look at some of the major accomplishments of Jane Goodall.

1. Jane Goodall has a PhD in Ethology from Cambridge University.

She has won Order of the Golden Ark, World Wildlife Award for Conservation and J. Paul Getty Wildlife Conservation Prize.

2. She Is Fondly Known As “The Woman Who Redefined Man.”

As an anthropologist and ethologist, she invested forty five years to study the primate behavior. She studied chimpanzees in Tanzania where she explored the natural habitats, their instinctive tendencies and helped mankind have a better understanding of its biological ancestors. Her exhaustive study inferred that man is not the only animal capable of making tools. She also debunked the theory that chimpanzees did not like meat. As she explored more primates and got engrossed in their world, she championed animal rights. From fair treatment to helping people to broaden their minds so one could truly understand the animal kingdom, her contributions to the primates and mankind are unparallel. She is the author of numerous books that shed light on how animals should be treated, how one can be caring and understanding while dealing with animals and her works are used across the world as definitive guides.

3. She Came a Long Way

Before becoming an anthropologist, Jane Goodall worked as a secretary at Oxford University. Later, she worked for a documentary film company to raise the funds that would allow her to travel to Africa, which was her childhood dream.

4. Founded the Jane Goodall Institute

This institute champions the cause of wildlife preservation. She has lent her support to many global and numerous regional movements that have gone on to preserve natural habitats of chimpanzees and other animals. She is still very active, travels the world, delivers lectures and spends a lot of time out in the wild interacting with primates.

5. Recipient of National Geographic Society Hubbard Medal for Distinction in Exploration, Discovery and Research.

She has received the International Peace award, Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science, Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire and French Legion Honor. Subsequent to her PhD, she has been the recipient of many doctorate degrees from various universities.