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Marjane Satrapi , born , Rasht , Iran , Iranian artist, director, and writer whose graphic novels explore the gaps and the junctures between East and West. Satrapi was the only child of Westernized parents; her father was an engineer and her mother a clothing designer. A failed relationship there exacerbated her sense of alienation and contributed to a downward spiral that left her homeless and using drugs. In France she earned a degree in art, and by the mids she was living permanently in Paris. Satrapi published the books Persepolis 1 and Persepolis 2 in France; they were combined as Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood when translated into English in
In July , at the age of 26, Jane Goodall traveled from England to what is now Tanzania and ventured into the little-known world of wild chimpanzees. When Jane Goodall entered the forest of Gombe, the world knew very little about chimpanzees, and even less about their unique genetic kinship to humans. She took an unorthodox approach in her field research, immersing herself in their habitat and their lives to experience their complex society as a neighbor rather than a distant observer and coming to understand them not only as a species, but also as individuals with emotions and long-term bonds. Her field research at Gombe transformed our understanding of chimpanzees and redefined the relationship between humans and animals in ways that continue to emanate around the world.