Jane Goodall Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Anusuya Mukherjee
Jan 31, 2024 By Anusuya Mukherjee
Originally Published on May 19, 2022
Edited by Lara Simpson
Jane Goodall now spends almost all of her time advocating for chimps, environmental and conservation issues. Continue reading to find out everything about this achiever.
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About Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall is a renowned British primatologist, ethologist, and anthropologist.
Jane is one of those people who recognized that animals, like humans, deserve to be cherished and protected, and she began studying primatology. Her discoveries revolutionized our understanding of chimp behavior and provided more proof of the social parallels between humans and chimps.
Goodall is most renowned for her research on chimps' social and family lives. She has written over 25 books on various topics, including chimps and spirituality. Goodall now spends almost all of her time advocating for chimps and environmental issues, spending approximately 300 days per year. She is also a UN messenger of peace. Also, she advocates for the protection of Chimps, other wild animals, the environment, forests, and girl child health.

Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Jane Goodall's net worth?

Jane Goodall's net worth is $12 million. Her income was all because of her work as a primatologist in the early years, but later her work was funded by National Geographic and others.

How much does Jane Goodall earn per year?

The yearly income of Jane Goodall is $ 4,00,000.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Jane Goodall?

Jane Goodall is 5.5 feet (165 cm) tall.

How old is Jane Goodall?

Born on April 3, 1934, Jane Goodall celebrated her 88th birthday in April 2022.

Childhood And Education

Born on April 3, in Hampstead, London, England, to Mortimer Herbert Morris-Goodall, Margaret Myfanwy Joseph, she liked chimps as a child.
Jane Goodall did her schooling in Uplands School, Poole near Bournemouth. She continued her studies at Newnham College, Cambridge University, to complete her Ph.D.
A stuffed chimpanzee named Jubilee was a gift from her father that paved her interest in these animals. She keeps her toy still now on her dressing table in London.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Jane Goodall's Partner?

Jane Goodall got married twice in her lifetime. Her first marriage was to Baron Hugo van Lawick in the year 1964. He was a wildlife photographer, and the duo came to be known as Baroness Jane van Lawick-Goodall. They got divorced in 1974 and have a son named Hugo Eric Louis together.
Soon after she got divorced, Jane married Derek Bryceson in 1975. He was the director of Tanzania's national parks and a member of the parliament. In October 1980, he died of cancer. Bryceson could preserve Goodall's research study and impose a tourism embargo on Gombe because of his position as head of the country's national park system in the Tanzanian government.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Jane Goodall started her career in 1957 with anthropologist Louis Leaky who was a Kenyan archaeologist and paleontologist. After conferring with his co-researcher and wife, Mary Leakey, a British paleoanthropologist, he dispatched Jane to Tanganyika's Olduvai Gorge (present-day Tanzania).
Goodall was dispatched to London by Leakey in 1958 to work with Osman Hill and John Napier on primate behavior and anatomy. Goodall arrived at Gombe Stream National Park on July 14, 1960, the first of what would become known as The Primates, thanks to Leakey's fundraising efforts.
Leakey secured financing and enrolled Goodall, who lacked a degree, at the University of Cambridge in 1962. She received her Ph.D. in ethology from Newnham College in Cambridge. She was the eighth individual in the university's history to pursue a Ph.D. without first earning a bachelor's degree. Her thesis, Behaviour of free-living chimpanzees, was written in 1966 under the guidance of Robert Hinde and detailed her first five years of research at the Gombe Reserve.
In 1960, she began researching the Kasakela chimp population in Tanzania's Gombe Stream National Park at 26. She gave the chimps names instead of numbers. 'It isn't only human beings who have personalities and are capable of rational thoughts & feelings,' she discovered. 'We must now redefine man, redefine tool, or recognize chimpanzees as humans!' Mr. Leakey wrote this in response to her discoveries.
In her 1990 biography, 'Through A Window: My Thirty Years With The Chimpanzees Of Gombe,' she recounts the 1974–1978 Gombe Chimpanzee War. Her discoveries revolutionized our understanding of chimp behavior and provided more proof of the social parallels that humans and chimps share, albeit in a much darker way.
The Jane Goodall Institute's Center for Primate Studies was established to house and organize the extensive study material at the University of Minnesota. Jane Goodall's original archives are currently housed there, digitized, processed, and cataloged in an electronic database.
In 2018 and 2020, Goodall collaborated on two natural market segments with friend and CEO Michael Cammarata. The Jane Goodall Institute received 5% of all proceeds. Goodall is also a member of the 'Save the Chimps' advisory group in Fort Pierce, Florida, home to the world's biggest chimpanzee reserve outside of Africa.

Charity Work

 The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) was founded in 1977 by Goodall to assist the Gombe project, and she is a global leader in the fight to save chimps and their environment. The JGI is an organization that has nineteen branch offices and is well-known for its community-based environmental conservation and development activities in Africa. Roots & Shoots, the organization's global youth initiative, began in 1991.
Goodall established the 'Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Centre'; in the Republic of Congo in 1992 to care for orphaned chimps due to the bushmeat trade. More than a hundred chimps are housed on the rehabilitation's three islands. Goodall established the 'Lake Tanganyika Catchment Reforestation and Education' (CARE or 'Take Care') pilot project in 1994 to protect the chimp habitat from deforestation by protecting and restoring the hills around.

What awards has Jane Goodall won?

Jane has earned numerous honors and awards, including the Commander of the Order of the British Empire and the British Academy's President's Medal. She received an honorary Doctorate from Tanzania's Open University on June 19, 2006.
Goodall was honored for her achievements in science with a bronze sculpture with nine other women in midtown Manhattan as part of the 'Statues for Equality' project in August 2019.
Jane has won the Gandhi-King Award for Nonviolence, Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, and the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science, among other honors.

Jane Goodall's Hobbies and Interests

Jane Goodall spent most of her time amidst Chimpanzees in Africa as part of her passion and research. Calls, sounds, meaningful facial expressions, body language, and touch are all ways she communicates with chimpanzees.
The other animal that she loves to spend time with is the dog. 

Other Interesting Jane Goodall Facts And Trivia

Setting herself away from other researchers caused her to form a special bond with the chimps, and she remains the only human to be admitted into chimp society to this day.
The British government required Goodall to travel with a companion when she first visited Tanzania in 1960, so her mother decided to accompany her on her journey.
National Geographic recognized Goodall's efforts and sent photojournalist Hugo van Lawick to capture her and the chimps.
Face blindness, or prosopagnosia, is when a person has trouble differentiating and remembering faces. Jane Goodall suffered all her life with this.
Although Jane Goodall spent 60 years studying chimps in Africa by practically living with them, she is still a British citizen.
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Jane Goodall Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Valerie Jane Morris Goodall

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Place of Birth



165 cm

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Primatologists, Anthropologist


Cambridge University

Net Worth



Derek Bryceson


Mortimer Herbert Morris-Goodall, Margaret Myfanwy Joseph
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Written by Anusuya Mukherjee

Bachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

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Anusuya MukherjeeBachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

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