Life lessons of an indomitable spirit. Jane Goodall, primatologist
Jane Goodall is considered one of the 20th Century’s most influential female scientists. Her eyes shine as she shares stories from her past, that become great life lessons about science and education for the present: “Be curious and make mistakes, be patient and do not give up,” repeats this extraordinary woman. Goodall had a dream during her early years: to travel from her native England to Africa to be close to the animals and write about them. In 1960, at the age of 23, the famous anthropologist Louis Leakey, entrusted her with the risky mission of traveling to the jungle in Gombe, Tanzania, becoming the first person to observe and investigate chimpanzees in the wild. Accompanied by her mother, she started a six-month research project. Today, almost 60 years later, she continues to develop thanks to the team of researchers at the Jane Goodall Institute, which is one of the longest-lasting field research missions on animals in the wild. Her research revolutionized the scientific community and fascinated the whole world. Her perseverance, intuition, empathy, and capacity for observation have not only allowed us to discover the unknown world of chimpanzees and other species, but also invite us to reflect upon ourselves, promoting a more sustainable lifestyle and building a fairer society.