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Temple Grandin

What do neurologists, cattle and McDonald's have in common? They all owe a great deal to one woman, a renowned animal scientist born with autism, Temple Grandin. Though she didn't utter a word until close to her fourth birthday, substituting screams for phonemes, she splashed onto the stage of public awareness in 1995, thanks to the vivid, sensitive writing of the famed neurologist Oliver Sacks. Little was known about autism at the time except that people so afflicted appeared socially isolated, emotionally fragile and difficult to engage. But as with many psychological disorders, autism is a spectrum, and Temple, 62, is on one edge. Living on this edge has allowed her to be an extraordinary source of inspiration for autistic children, their parents — and all people. She is also a source of hope for another mammal: the cow. Using her unique window into the minds of animals, she has developed corrals for cattle that improve their quality of life by reducing stress. And though the fast-food industry continues to use cattle in its patties, it has come to appreciate the ethics and compassion of a Grandin burger.

Howard's interview with Temple:

Temple's web site:

Temple Grandin Ph.D

Professor of Animal Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, 80523, USA

Consultant and designer of livestock handling facilities, Grandin Livestock Handling Systems Inc.


B.A. (Psychology), Franklin Pierce College, 1970
M.S. (Animal Science), Arizona State University, 1975
Ph.D. (Animal Science), University of Illinois, 1989


1984, Meritorious Service, Livestock Conservation Institute (now National Institute of Animal Agriculture)

1990, National Provisioner, Processing Stars of 1990

1990, Who's Who of American Women

1994, Golden Key National Honor Society, Honorary Member

1994, Industry Innovator's Award, Meat Marketing and Technology Magazine

1995, Industry Advancement Award, American Meat Institute

1995, Animal Management Award, American Society of Animal Science

1995, Harry C. Roswell Award, Scientists Center for Animal Welfare

1995, The Brownlee Award for International Leadership in Scientific Publication Promoting Respect for Animals, their Nature and Welfare, Animal Welfare Foundation of Canada, Vancouver, BC

1997, CAS/Miller Com 97 Campus Wide Lecture at the University of Illinois

1997, Profiled in Who's Who in America

1997, Alpha Zeta Centennial Honor Roll

1998, F.W. Presant Memorial Lecture, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

1998, Forbes Award, National Meat Association

1998, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation - Humane Ethics in Action, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

1999, Woman of the Year in Service to Agriculture, Progressive Farmer Magazine

1999, Humane Award, American Veterinary Medical Association

1999, Honary Doctorate, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec

1999, Named as one of the 26 Industry Influentials by Meat Marketing and Technology Magazine

1999, Animal Welfare Award, Animal Transportation Association

1999, Founders Award, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

2000, Temple Grandin profiled in The New York Times, Scientists at Work, McGraw Hill Books, New York, NY. pp. 48-57. Profile by Anne Raver

2001, Joseph Wood Krutch Medal - The Humane Society of the United States

2001, Knowlton Award for Innovation, Meat Marketing and Technology

2001, Wood Gush Memorial Lecture, International Society of Applied Ethology

2002, Richard L. Knowlton Innovation Award from Meat Marketing and Technology Magazine

2002, British Society of Animal Science, Yorkshire England, Animal Welfare Award Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty in Animals

2002, University of Illinois Alumni Illini Comeback Award. Five distinguished alumni are invited back each year during homecoming. Other comeback Illini for 2002, were an astronaut, university president, the inventor of Microsoft Office, and an administrator of a scholarship program

2003, Western Section American Society of Animal Science

2004, Honorary Doctorate of Science, University of Illinois

2004, President's Award, National Institute of Animal Agriculture

2004, The Beef Top 40: The 40 most influential people in the beef industry. Awarded on the 40th anniversary of Beef Magazine

2004, The Organic Style Magazine's Environmental Power List

2006, Animals in Translation was a Top Science Book of the Year in Discover Magazine, January 2006 p.74

2006, Frank H.T. Rhodes Class of 1956 Visiting Professor at Cornell University

2007, Autism Society of America Founder's Award

2007, Dept. of Health and Humane Services, Secretary's Highest Award, Washington D.C.

2008, Franklin Pierce College, Alumni Association: Leader of Conscience Award

2009, Honorary Doctorate - Swedish University, University of Agricultural Science, Uppsala, Sweden, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Degree in Animal Welfare

2009, Sharp Cleaver Award - Colorado and Wyoming Association of Meat Processors

2009, Meat Industry Hall of Fame, Chicago, Illinois

2009, Headliner Award, Livestock Publications Council, Fort Worth, Texas

2010, Fellow - American Society of Animal Science

2010, Inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Dallas, Texas

2010, Honorary Doctorate, Duke University

2010, Honorary Doctorate, Lakehead University

2010, Colorado Cattlemen's Assocation, Honorary Life Member

2010, National Cattlemen's Beef Association - Lifetime Achievement Award

2010, Oklahoma State University created an endowed professorship in animal behavior in honor of Temple Grandin


American Society of Animal Science
American Society of Agricultural Engineers
American Society of Agricultural Consultants
American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists
National Institute of Animal Agriculture (formerly Livestock Conservation Institute)


Grandin T. 1993-2000, 2007. (Editor). Livestock Handling and Transport, CAB International, Wallingford, Oxon, United Kingdom. 2nd Edition, 2000. 3rd Edition, 2007.

Titles of chapters written by T. Grandin:
  • Introduction: Management and economic factors of handling and transport.
  • Behavioral principles of handling cattle and other grazing animals under extensive conditions.
  • Handling facilities and restraint of range cattle.
  • Handling and welfare of livestock in slaughter plants.

Grandin, T. 1995. Thinking in Pictures. Vintage Press (Division of Random House), New York, NY.
Grandin, T. 2000. Beef Cattle Behavior, Handling and Facilities Design. Grandin Livestock Handling Systems Inc., Fort Collins, CO.
Grandin, T. 1998 (Editor). Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals. Academic Press, San Diego, CA.

Titles of chapters written by T. Grandin and M. Deesing:
  • Behavioral genetics and animal science.
  • Genetics and behavior during handling restraint and herding.
  • Genetics and animal welfare.

Grandin T. and Johnson C., 2005. Animals in Translation. Scribner (Division of Simon and Schuster), New York, NY.
Grandin T. and Deesing M. 2008. Humane Livestock Handling. Storey Publishing, North Adams, Massachusetts.
Grandin T. and Johnson C. 2009. Animals Make Us Human. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York, NY.
Grand in, T. 2009. Slaughter plants behavior and welfare assessment, Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior (online) ANBY: 00083 Elsevier (ln press, accepted for publication). Grandin, T. 2010. Improving Animal Welfare: A Practical Approach, CABI Publishing, Wallingford, Oxfordshire UK. (ISBN-13-978-1-84593-541-2).


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