Born in London in 1934, she roamed alone in African forests with her pencil and notebook, studying chimpanzees. Fifty years later, Jane Goodall reflects -
If I close my eyes the early days are so very vivid. I can so well recall the sense of unreality I felt as we chugged northward up Lake Tanganyika toward Gombe, passing the densely forested valleys that brought small clear streams down from the ridge of the Great Rift Valley. How would I ever find the chimpanzees, I wondered. . .
The chimpanzees found her. She discovered that they could reason, use tools and experience complex emotions. Some of her findings have been questioned; some, vindicated. She now spends 300 days of the year travelling and advocating for animals. A remarkable person.