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Born: 1934

Hometown: Bournemouth, UK

Education: Ph.D in Ethnology

Occupation: Scientist, environmentalist, conservationist and United Nations Messenger of Peace

Expeditions: In Tanzania: Olduvai Gorge; Gombe National Park to study wild chimpanzees since 1960; Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro

Favorite Place to Be: The peak, Gombe National Park 

Best Discovery: That chimpanzees make and use tools. This discovery redefined the relationship between humans nonhumans.

Favorite Items in the Field: Paper, pencil, and binoculars

Personal Hero: Prof. Muhammad Yunus, inventor of the concept of microcredit; Dr. Rick Asselta, wheelchair athlete, cancer survivor, and coordinator of JGI’s Roots & Shoots university programs; Dr. Fred Mednick, Founder of Teachers Without Borders; Mr. Percy Schmeiser, Canadian farmer and farmers’ rights activist

Hobbies: No time for hobbies except walking my dogs on the beach


Book: In the Shadow of Man; My Life with the Chimpanzees; Reason for Hope; Seeds of Hope; and more

Advice: As thy days, so shall thy strength be. (Deuteronomy 33:25) 

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