Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is an animal sciences innovator and champion of farm animal welfare whose masterly designs for livestock handling systems transformed the industry and are used worldwide today. Diagnosed at age two with Autism Spectrum Disorder, she experienced the anxiety of feeling threatened by her environment and went on to apply insights gained from her experience to conceptualize equipment that reduced animal stress during the livestock handling process. Her life and work have “revolutionized the study of autism,” captured in the title of her Ted Talk: “The World Needs All Kinds of Minds.” Dr. Grandin currently conducts research, teaches and consults internationally on autism, animal behavior and handling, as well as advancing quality standards and assurance in the meat and livestock industries. She is a prolific author having published 12 books and several hundred publications on topics ranging from autism through to livestock handling, temperament and fertility as well as environmental enrichment and animal safety. Dr. Grandin was featured in the acclaimed HBO biopic, “Temple Grandin” in 2010, and, in the same year, was honored in Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.” In 2016, Dr. Grandin was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Temple Grandin

Year Honored: 2017

Birth: 1947 -

Born In: Massachusetts

Achievements: Education, Humanities, Science

Educated In: Arizona, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, United States of America

Schools Attended: Beaver Country Day School, Mountain Country School (now known as Hampshire Country School), Franklin Pierce College, Arizona State University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign