Jane Goodall is still alive. She was born on April 3, 1934, in London. Her fascination with animal behaviors began at a young age.
Goodall jumped at the opportunity to visit Kenya and study animals in their native habitat, and she was soon hired on as a secretary for an anthropolgist, Louis Leakey. Leakey believed that Goodall had the perfect temperament to endure long-term isolation in the wild to study the social and family interactions of chimps. Over time, she became the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees. Today, she works on conservation and animal welfare issues, she is also the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute.