Jane Goodall,Animal Rights Activist and Scientist, was born April 3, 1934, in London, England to Mortimer, an engineer and Vanne, an author. Jane loves animals even as a child. Jane is made a Dame of the British Empire (the equivalent of a knighthood) on February 20, 2004 during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London. Jane dreamt of living in Africa to watch and write about animals. Read Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall Biography and Profile.