I am sure that if you talk to any person who is involved with animals they will tell you that Jane Goodall made an impact in their life in some way or another. I have always liked animals but it was reading Jane Goodall's book in the 4th grade that really influenced my decision that working with animals in a capacity more than just taking care of them was something I wanted to pursue as a career. As a 10 year old I decided I wanted to BE her. I went to college with the intentions of becoming an ethology primatologist and while my focus has changed from apes to terrestrial carnivores and I have thrown some biotechnology in the mix when I was convinced way back when that never wanted to do anything micro, I would not be where I am today without the drive and determination reading that book instilled in me. The work she has done in the 80 years of her life has changed mine and I can't be anything but grateful. Happy Birthday Jane!