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Jane Goodall Fast Facts

By CNN Library
updated 9:31 AM EDT, Tue March 25, 2014

(CNN) -- Here's a look at the life of world renowned primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall.

Personal:
Birth date: April 3, 1934

Birth place: London, England

Birth name: Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall

Father: Mortimer Morris-Goodall, businessman

Mother: Margaret Myfanwe (Joseph) Morris-Goodall, a novelist

Marriages: Derek Bryceson (1975 - 1980, his death); Hugo van Lawick (March 28, 1964 - 1974, divorced)

Children: with van Lawick: Hugo, 1967

Education: Cambridge University, Ph.D. Ethology, 1965

Other Facts:
Obtained a doctorate without receiving a bachelor's or master's first.

Was the first scientist to give names to her research subjects instead of the conventional practice of assigning them numbers.

Found that chimps engage in warfare with neighboring communities and that chimps are capable of altruism, which they display by adopting unrelated orphaned infants.

First to observe chimpanzees eating meat and making and using tools

Timeline:
1956 - While working as an assistant in a London film studio, she receives an invitation from a friend to visit her farm in Kenya.

1957 - Arrives in Africa and meets famous archeologist and paleontologist Louis Leakey. He hires her as an assistant and then asks her to study a group of chimpanzees living in Tanzania.

July 1960 - Arrives at the Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve in Tanzania to begin her study of chimpanzees.

October 1960 - Goodall observes chimpanzees eating meat, when they had been thought to be vegetarians.

November 1960 - Observes the first recorded instance of chimpanzees making and using tools.

1977 - Founds the Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education, and Conservation, a nonprofit organization.

1991 - Begins the Roots & Shoots environmental program for young people, as part of the Jane Goodall Institute.

2002 - Is designated as a United Nations Messenger of Peace.

February 20, 2004 - Is invested as a Dame of the British Empire at Buckingham Palace.

March 2013 - Apologizes for the plagiarized passages found in her book, "Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants," scheduled to be released in April. The Washington Post first reported on the borrowed passages, saying they came from Wikipedia and other websites.

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