Biruté Galdikas

Zoology, Animals, Physiology, Metabolism

World’s foremost authority on orangutans

"I’ve always wanted to study the one primate who never left the Garden of Eden. I want to know what we left behind."

Birthdate
May 10, 1946

Birthplace
Born in Weisbaden, Germany while her parents were enroute from Lithuania to Canada, but grew up in Toronto

Residence
Deep Cove, British Columbia; Los Angeles, California; and Borneo

Family Members
  • Father: Antanas Galdikas
  • Mother: Filomena Galdikas
  • Spouse: Pak Bohap
  • Biruté Galdikas has two younger brothers and a sister, as well as three children.

Personality
Patient, determined, loyal

Favorite Music
Indonesian native folk songs

Other Interests
Children, reading, walking, Indonesian culture

Title
Professor of Anthropology

Office
Simon Fraser University

Status
Working

Degrees
  • BA (Psychology, Biology), UBC, UCLA, 1966
  • MA (Anthropology), UCLA, 1969
  • PhD (Anthropology), UCLA, 1978

Awards
  • Guggenheim Fellow, 1983
  • PETA Humanitarian Award 1990
  • Eddie Bauer Hero of the Earth 1991
  • Sierra Club Chico Mendes Award 1992
  • United Nations Global 500 Award 1993
  • Tyler Prize (University of Southern California) 1997

Mentor

Louis Leakey, the world-famous anthropologist who supported Galdikas’s research efforts.


Last Updated
December 14, 2010

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