Dr Jane Goodall, the world-renowned British primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist and UN Messenger of Peace, spoke at the first Vice-Chancellor’s Open Lecture of 2014, hosted by the University of Cape Town. The talk was titled “The Life and Times of Dr Jane Goodall – in celebration of her 80th year” and will be delivered free of charge.
Dr Goodall’s extensive research into the behaviour of chimpanzees – which started in Tanzania in the 1960s and continues today – fundamentally altered scientific thinking about the relationship between humans and other mammals. Her many honours include the French Legion of Honour, the Medal of Tanzania, and Japan’s prestigious Kyoto Prize. In 2002, she was appointed as a UN Messenger of Peace and, in 2004, was named a Dame of the British Empire.