Jane Goodall began Ph.D studies at Cambridge University in 1962 and was one of very few people to do so without a university degree. She earned her Ph.D in ethology in 1965.
Dr. Goodall's childhood dream was to study animals, but when she graduated high school in 1952, her family could not afford to send her to university. She worked office and service jobs until going to Kenya in 1957 at the invitation of a family friend. There, she met anthropologist Dr. Louis S.B. Leakey, who hired her as an assistant because of her extensive knowledge of African wildlife.
In 1960, she began her groundbreaking studies of the chimpanzees of Gombe, which included her discovery that chimpanzees make and use tools. As of June 2014, Dr. Goodall is 80 years old and continues her worldwide work on behalf of primates.