Award to be Presented at Sold-Out
Philomathean Society Lecture

Jane Goodall

PHILADELPHIA, PA, 2016—Jane Goodall, Ph.D, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, a United Nations Messenger of Peace, and a world-renowned conservationist, will receive the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology’s Wilton Krogman Award for Distinguished Achievement in Biological Anthropology when she visits the University of Pennsylvania on Thursday, September 29, 2016. The award will be presented at the sold-out 2016 Philomathean Society Annual Oration, in the Penn Museum’s Harrison Auditorium.

Following the award presentation at 7:00 pm, Dr. Goodall will speak about more than 55 years of work at Gombe Stream, current threats that face the planet today, and where she draws hope for the future.

“Over the course of more than 55 years, Jane Goodall has worked tirelessly to study and understand our closest evolutionary cousins, chimpanzees, and ultimately to redefine the relationship between humans and animals. Her strong scientific integrity, combined with her deep compassion for humans, animals, and our shared environment, as well as her willingness to speak out on the things that matter, have made her an international leader and a model for young people around the world,” said Dr. Julian Siggers, Williams Director of the Penn Museum, who will present Dr. Goodall with the Krogman Award at the evening lecture.

Dr. Goodall began her landmark study of chimpanzee behavior in July 1960 at Gombe Stream in what is now Tanzania. Her work at Gombe Stream would become the foundation of future primatological research and redefine the relationship between humans and animals. Dr. Goodall entered Cambridge University in 1961 as a PhD. candidate, one of the very few people to be admitted without a college degree, and earned her Ph.D. in ethology in 1966. In 1977, she established the Jane Goodall Institute, which continues the Gombe research and is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. The Institute is widely recognized for innovative, community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa.

Her long list of honors includes the French Legion of Honor, the Medal of Tanzania, and Japan’s prestigious Kyoto Prize. In 2002, Dr. Goodall was appointed to serve as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, and in 2003 she was named a Dame of the British Empire.

About the Wilton Krogman Award

The Wilton Krogman Award for Distinguished Achievement in Biological Anthropology was developed in memory of Dr. Wilton M. Krogman, former professor of physical anthropology (1947-1971) and founder of the Philadelphia Center for Research in Child Growth, now the W.M. Krogman Center for Research in Child Growth and Development. Dr. Richard Dawkins, renowned evolutionary biologist and author of numerous books including The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, and The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True, was the most recent recipient of the occasional award, in March of 2013. Dr. Donald Johanson, most famous for the 1974 discovery of “Lucy,” a 3.2-million-year-old hominid fossil in Ethiopia, received the award in 2008. This will be the fifth presentation of the award, first given in 2000 (Dr. F. Clark Howell) and again in 2004 (Dr. Ralph Holloway).

About the Philomathean Society

The Philomathean Society, founded in 1813 at the University of Pennsylvania, is the oldest continually operating literary society in the United States. The student group is dedicated to the promotion of intellectual exploration and curiosity across Penn's campus. Every year the Philomathean Society puts on the Annual Oration to help foster and sustain an intellectual atmosphere at Penn, and to increase the academic prestige of the University. In line with their mission of increasing intellectual accessibility, the Annual Oration is always free and open to the public, as well as to the entire Penn community.


Penn Museum (the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage. Penn Museum is located at 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (on Penn's campus, across from Franklin Field). Penn Museum can be found on the web at www.penn.museum. For general information call 215.898.4000.

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