Dr. Jane Goodall is well known as a respected scientist, an inspirational conservationist, and a passionate animal activist. But less understood is the importance of Goodall's revolutionary discoveries about wild chimpanzees to the science of primatology. Dale Peterson, in the first-ever full biography, reveals the story of her amazing life in Jane Goodall: The Woman Who Redefined Man.
Readers of this incredible account will gain a new understanding and appreciation of Goodall's life and work. How did this novice naturalist, working at first as a secretary, make such significant discoveries? Through a combination of luck (in meeting Louis Leakey) and her own unique intuitions, Goodall uncovered the personal and social traits of humankind's closest living relatives, the chimpanzees. In defining what it means to be a chimpanzee, she redefined what it means to be human. Peterson details how Goodall developed new standards and a new intellectual style for the study of animal behavior, from her first trip to the Gombe Stream National Park to her role as teacher and mentor to a new generation of field scientists. Peterson shows how truly remarkable her accomplishments are and how unlikely it is that anyone else could have achieved them.
During his ten years of work on this biography, Peterson traveled with Jane Goodall around the world, interviewing her family, friends, former students, teachers, and colleagues. He had unprecedented access to her private materials, including personal correspondence and original field notes. An intimate and authoritative portrait, Jane Goodall will be a revelation to all readers — even those who think they already know Dr. Goodall through her own writings. (pb)