dr. temple grandin

Dr. Temple Grandin: Why she kicks ass

  • She is a doctor of animal science and professor at Colorado State University, an author and a consultant to the livestock industry on animal behaviour. 
  • She was named a fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers in 2009.
  • She was listed in the Time 100 list of the 100 most influential people in the world in the “Heroes” category (2010).
  • She was teased throughout her childhood because of her autism, of which she says “I could laugh about it now, but back then it really hurt”.
  • After graduation from a boarding school for gifted children she went on to earn a bachelor degree in psychology, a masters degree in animal science and a doctoral degree in animal science.
  • She received an honorary doctorate degree from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario, Canada at the 2012 Winter Convocation, where she was the keynote speaker. 
  • She received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Duke University (2010).
  • She is a leader for animal welfare and autism advocacy
  • She has done work in humane livestock handling processes and promotes improvement of standards in slaughter plants and livestock farms.
  • She advocates for early intervention to address autism, and supportive teachers who can direct fixations of the child with autism in fruitful directions.