World-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall will be speaking at Brown on October 19th as Brown Lecture Board’s fall speaker, as reported by the Herald this morning. Tickets will be available via an online lottery, which will be held at 12 p.m. October 13–15.
Goodall is best known for her 55-year study of the chimpanzees in Gombe National Park in Tanzania. When beginning her work in 1960, Goodall had no formal training or education in the sciences. Her work studying chimpanzee daily life and relationships disproved many previously commonly-held beliefs, as she discovered the strong similarities between human relations and those between chimpanzees, as well as the latter’s ability to make and use tools.
Goodall, now 81, is also the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, which works on wildlife preservation. She has achieved celebrity status as the foremost primatologist in the world (can you name another?). She also guest starred on The Wild Thornberrys, which inspired this New York Times article about how great The Wild Thornberrys was. Relive your Nickelodeon-inspired dreams of talking to animals below – Goodall appears at about 2:36.