Dr Jane Goodall DBE | Hawking Fellow 2020 | Cambridge Union


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The Professor Hawking Fellowship was established by the Cambridge Union in partnership with Professor Stephen Hawking to recognise his contribution to Cambridge, including academia and the awareness of disability rights. Professor Hawking delivered the inaugural lecture in 2017, and it has since been given by Sir Jony Ive (2018) and Bill Gates (2019). Recipients of the fellowship must fulfil the criteria of being distinguished in the fields of STEM, and of having made a significant or historic contribution to social discourse. In the Fellowship’s fourth year, we are delighted to announce that Dr Jane Goodall DBE will be the 2020 Hawking Fellow, especially as this marks the 60th anniversary of her work in Tanzania.

Jane Goodall is a British ethologist and primatologist, best known for her highly detailed and long-term research on the Kasakela chimpanzee community of Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania. It was here that she rectified a number of misunderstandings about chimpanzees, finding, for example, that they are omnivorous, not vegetarian, or that they are capable of making and using tools. Goodall has published a number of works about numerous aspects of her work, notably In the Shadow of Man (1971), in which she details her early years of study of chimpanzees.

In 1977, she co-founded the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) in California and later moved its headquarters to the Washington DC area. The work of both Dr Goodall and the JGI has not only established and maintained the world’s longest-running study of wild chimpanzees, but they have also collaborated extensively with local people to the champion community-led organisation and sustainable development projects. Throughout this time, she has continued to write books and articles, such as The Chimpanzees of Gombe: Patterns of Behaviour (1986), which provides a summary of her years of observation in Gombe. Other works of hers focus on environmental and conservation issues, and in 2002, she became a UN Messenger of Peace.


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