Ms. Goodall : An Accomplished Primatologist, Anthropologist, And Un Messenger Of Peace

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An accomplished primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist and UN Messenger of Peace, Dame Jane Morris Goodall, PH. D., led a privileged life. Her work with the chimpanzees in Gombe, Africa is renowned as one of the greatest accomplishments of scientific research. Breaking all gender barriers, Ms. Goodall set out to accomplish what no other women had done before. My reference for this psychobiography and any quotes herein are from Jane Goodall, A Biography, Meg Greene, 2005 and I will attempt to apply the theories that best explain what contributed to Ms. Goodall’s personality. “Sailing towards her destiny” (Greene, pg. 16), young Jane had a dream of living among, writing about and studying the wild animals in Africa. Her early interests in animals and nature forged her path at a very young age. Born April 3, 1934 in a London hospital, Valerie Jane Morris Goodall was the first daughter of Herbert Morris-Goodall and Margaret (Vanne) Myfanwe Joseph. (Her parents would divorce less than 10 years later.) Both her and her sister, Judy, suffered from a neurological condition known as prosopagnosia, or memory impairment for faces and patterns. Even though she could not recognize human faces, interesting enough, she had no problem recognizing the faces of the chimpanzees she would later study and befriend. Jane’s family life was full of contrast. When she was a young girl, her father left the family to pursue a world of noise, speed and danger as a race car drive with the

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