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Jane Goodall, PhD Biography

Ethologist and author
Con to the question "Should Animals Be Used for Scientific or Commercial Testing?"

“In the name of science or medicine, animals are subjected to countless invasive, frightening and sometimes very painful procedures. We all want to see cures for terrible diseases such as Parkinson’s (which afflicted my mother), cancer (to which I lost my husband), multiple sclerosis and so on, but regardless of how much or how little these experiments benefit human health, should we exploit animals in this way?

Animal experimenters often justify such research by claiming the existence in humans of some morally relevant characteristics, such as intelligence, language, or consciousness, that are supposedly absent in other species. But we are fast discovering a great deal about high levels of intelligence in many animal species, and too about animal consciousness, emotions and sensitivity to pain…

We need a new mindset for the 21st century. Most experimenters, while acknowledging that animals are sentient and sometimes sapient beings, say that some will always have to be used but they will use as few and treat them as well as possible. Instead, let us admit that the practice is morally and ethically unacceptable. We need to move on.

The amazing human brain has already discovered astonishingly innovative ways of improving medical research by replacing animals. Let science direct its collectively awesome intellect toward finding alternatives to the use of live animals in all procedures—as soon as possible. This should be supported by the scientific establishment and vastly increased funding should be found for it. It should be a goal for all civilised societies.”

“So Much Animal Pain, So Little Human Gain,” Times (UK), Mar. 17, 2012

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • United Nations Messenger of Peace, 2002-present
  • Distinguished Emeritus Professor, Anthropology and Occupational Science, 1991-present
  • Founder and President, Jane Goodall Institute, 1977-present
  • Honorary Visiting Professor of Zoology, University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), 1973-present
  • Explorer-in-Residence Emeritus, National Geographic Society
  • Member, Advisory Council, Save the Chimps
  • President, Advocates for Animals, 1998-2008
  • Director of Research on the behavior of the olive baboon (Papio Anubis), Gombe National Park (Tanzania), 1972-2003
  • Scientific Director, Gombe Stream Research Centre (Tanzania), 1967-2003
  • Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large, Cornell University, 1996-2002
  • Founder, Lake Tanganyika Catchment Reforestation and Education project (TACARE), 1994
  • Founder, Roots and Shoots program, 1991
  • Researched social behavior of the spotted hyena (Crocutta crocutta), Ngorongoro Conservation Area (Tanzania), 1968-1969
  • Began her study of free-living chimpanzees, Gombe Stream Game Reserve (Tanzania, then called Tanganyika), July 1960
  • Former assistant to Louis S. B. Leakey, archaeologist and anthropologist
  • PhD, Ethology, University of Cambridge (UK), 1966
  • Attended Uplands Private School (UK), 1950 (School Certificate), 1952 (Higher Certificate)
  • Formerly known as Baroness Jane van Lawick-Goodall
  • Made a Dame of the British Empire (DBE) by Queen Elizabeth II of England, 2003
  • Associate, Cleveland Natural History Museum, 1990
  • Distinguished Adjunct Professor, Departments of Anthropology and Occupational Therapy, University of Southern California, 1990
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Environmental Studies, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, 1987-1988
  • Visiting Professor, Psychiatry and Human Biology, Stanford University, 1971-1975
  • Married Derek Bryceson (former member of the British Parliament), 1975 (deceased)
  • Has one child, Hugo Eric Louis van Lawick, born 1967
  • Married Baron Hugo van Lawick (Dutch wildlife photographer), March 28, 1964 (later divorced)
  • Recipient, Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences (Japan), San Diego Zoological Society Gold Medal of Conservation, Unicef/Unesco Children’s Book-of-the-Year Award (for The Chimpanzee Family Book), National Geographic Society Centennial Award and Hubbard Medal, J. Paul Getty Wildlife Conservation Prize, Schweitzer Medal of the Animal Welfare Institute, Medal of Tanzania, Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research (Spain), Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science, Gandhi/King Award for Nonviolence, and many other awards and honors
  • Former waitress and film production assistant
  • Former secretary, University of Oxford
  • Born Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall in London, England, Apr. 3, 1934
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