Trinity University Press

The Jane Effect

Celebrating Jane Goodall

Marc Bekoff (editor), Dale Peterson (editor)

More than 100 testimonies by Goodall’s friends and colleagues honoring her as a scientific pioneer, inspiring teacher, and engaging spirit

Jane Goodall, who turned eighty on April 3, 2014, is known around the world as a groundbreaking primatologist, the foremost expert on chimpanzees, and a passionate conservationist. In her nearly sixty-year career, Goodall has touched the hearts of millions of people. The Jane Effect is an anthology of testimonies by Goodall’s friends and colleagues honoring her as a scientific pioneer, inspiring teacher, devoted friend, and engaging spirit whose complex personality tends to break down usual categories. Goodall is the celebrity who transcends celebrity. The distinguished scientist who’s open to nonscientific ways of seeing and thinking. The human who has lived among nonhumans. She is a thoughtful adult who possesses a child’s sense of immediacy and wonder. She is a great scientific pioneer, and yet her work goes far beyond producing advances in scientific knowledge. The more than 100 original pieces in this inspirational anthology give us a sense of Goodall’s amazing reach and the power of the “Jane effect.” 

The Jane effect speaks, in part, to Goodall’s influence as a scientist and how her work has changed the way we see chimpanzees. Since chimpanzees are our closest relatives, it also speaks to how her work has altered the way we see ourselves. This achievement has had a profound impact on the professional careers of individual scientists and others interested in animal behavior and animal welfare. Add to that the number of references to Goodall in scholarly journals and books, and the testimony of a generation of distinguished scientists who were Goodall’s students or early colleagues or were otherwise touched professionally by her influence, and one can begin to assemble the picture of a true original in her field.

The other—and much less known or obvious—aspect of the Jane effect is Goodall’s personal side. She is an unusually warm and generous person who has always opened her home to visitors, her camp to colleagues and students, her attention to fellow travelers, and her heart to animals and their plight in our world. The effect of this warmth and generosity is yet unmeasured and untold, and The Jane Effect only begins to explore Goodall’s impact as a scientist, a pioneer and, most importantly, a human being.

Jane Goodall at Trinity University September 2015



    “Jane Goodall powerfully redefined the way we see our fellow primates.

    New York Times

    “Goodall is an amazing woman, scientist and humanitarian.”

    USA Today

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    • Pages: 272
    • Size: 6 X 8
    • Published: Feb 2015
    • Status: Available
    • ISBN: 9781595342539
    • Price: $18.95
    • Published: Jan 2015
    • Status: Available
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