Awarded April 28, 2008
Dr. Goodall received the Presidential Medal
after her speech "A Reason for Hope" on the MSU campus.
Dr. Goodall, who is an environmentalist and humanitarian as well as a primatologist, began her landmark study of chimpanzees in Tanzania in 1960 under the mentorship of anthropologist and paleontologist Louis Leakey. Her work at what was then called the Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve became the foundation of primatological research and redefined the relationship between humans and animals.