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jane goodall a biography by meg greene

Jane Goodall a BiographyBy: Meg Greene

PowerPoint By: Allison Brooks

Period 7


Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall was born on April 3, 1934 in a London hospital. Four years later Jane’s sister Judy was born. Jane’s parents got divorced in 1946, the same year that World War 2 ended. Jane is most famous for her work with animals like chimpanzees. I chose Jane because she works with animals and I didn’t know much about her before I read the book except that she observed chimpanzees.


Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall was born on April 3, 1934 in a London hospital. When Jane was four her sister Judy was born. Both Jane and Judy had Prosopagnoia, Prosopagnoia is memory impairment that makes it hard to remember faces and patterns. Even though Jane had Prosopagnoia she could remember many different animals. When Jane was five, her father moved the family to France to be closer to the major racing centers. Soon after the family moved to France, Nazis invaded Poland and began World War 2 in Europe. In June 1940 Germany conquered France. After that the family moved back to England. In 1946 World War 2 ended and Jane’s Parents divorced


Jane graduated high school in 1951. In May 1953, Jane enrolled at Queen’s Secretarial College in South Kensington. In April 1954, Jane completed training at the college.


On December 18, 1956 Jane got a letter from a friend Marie Claude Mange who moved to Kenya and parents bought a farm and asked Jane if she wanted to go to her new home. On Jane’s birthday she stepped off a train in Nairobi. May 24, 1957 Jane met Louis Leakey, a Paleoanthropologist. In December 1958, Jane and her mother left Kenya for Bournemouth and Birches. From there, Jane went to London to begin her studies at Gombe. May 31 1960 Jane and her mother returned to Nairobi, Kenya. In 1960, when Jane first arrived the reserve had approximately 160 chimps. The reserve also had baboons, red colobus monkeys, and vervet monkeys. After 3 months at Gombe, Jane felt that she had learned only little about chimpanzees. During the next few months, Jane made two important discoveries. The first discovery Jane had proved is that chimpanzees aren’t vegetarians. The second discovery Jane made was chimps could use tools to get food and us tools for other tasks. The more time Jane spend observing chimpanzees she noticed that the chimps were able to communicate with each other very similar to the way that humans do. They hugged, kissed, held hands and patted each other on the back. They also punched, kicked, pinched, and swaggered. Another thing Jane noticed was chimpanzees held grudges that could last up for weeks at a time.

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Adulthood Continued

In the summer of 1962, Hugo Van Lawick came to Gombe. Hugo was a Dutch photographer that the National Geographic Society contracted. In January of 1963 Jane returned to England to continue her doctorial studies. By Spring of 1963, Jane was back in Gombe. In July of 1963 Jane and Hugo came upon an unusual sight. Flo’s rear end had turned pink, a sign that she was ready to mate. Flo mated with Goliath and David Greybeard (two male chimpanzees). Flo continued to mate with every other male chimp that had come to camp. After Flo’s mating cycle was over she was exhausted. She was covered with scratches, cuts, scrapes, and bite marks; two pieces of her ear were missing. In August, Jane published her first article ‘’My Life Among the Chimpanzees’’ in the National Geographic. In 1965 Jane turned 31 years old. In Autumn 1972 Louis Leakey had died of a heart attack with Jane’s mother at his side. The day after Christmas in 1963, Jane received a telegram from her family home in Bournemouth. It was from Hugo Van Lawick, asking her to marry him. The wedding took place on March 28, 1964. The newlyweds cut there honeymoon short by three days to return to Gombe. When they got back to Gombe they learned that Flo had given birth several weeks earlier. They names the baby Flint.

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Adulthood Continued

In the year 1967 Jane give birth to her first and only child, Hugo Eric Louis Van Lawick. In 1974 Jane and Hugo got divorced. In 1975 Jane married her second husband, the honorable Derek Bryceson. In 1999 Hugo Van Lawick died. In 2001 Jane’s mother died. In December 1986 around 500 primates died in a libratory being treated for AIDS. In 1966 15 Kasekela chimps where afflicted with Polio. As Jane moved to the twenty-first century she showed no signs of slowing down. At 70, she continues to travel almost 300 days a year.

president contributions interesting story three questions
President, Contributions, Interesting Story, Three Questions

Franklin D. Roosevelt was president when Jane Goodall was born. He was president for 12 years

Jane has made discoveries about chimps like that they aren't vegetarians and they use tools like sticks to get food and other tools to do other things. Jane figured out that chimps do actions similar to how humans do, they punch, kick and many other actions. Jane received the Franklin Burr Award for her contribution to science in 1963 and the Albert Schweitzer Award from the animal Welfare Institute in 1987 and the Centennial Award from the National Geographic Society and the Kyoto Prize for Science.

The most interesting story that I read in my book is that she never really wanted to observe chimps but her friend invited her to her farm and that how it all started. Jane thought she was just going to have regular jobs and she didn't think she was going to be famous like she is now.

Question 1: Why did you observe chimps first?

Question 2: What was your favorite chimp that you observed in your lifetime?

Question 3:Does your son love animals like you do?


Greene, M. (Unknown Year). Jane Goodall a biography. Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books