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Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin was born August 29, 1947, in Boston, Massachusetts. Temple was diagnosed with Autism as a child, but with the help of her mother Temple excelled educationally. Temple found a love for science while in school and found a passion for cattle from helping on her Aunts farm. These interests helped guide her to pursue a career with both animals and science. Temple earned a degree in psychology from Franklin Pierce College in 1970, followed by a master's degree in animal science from Arizona State University and a doctoral degree in animal science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Currently Temple works as a consultant to companies with large animal slaughterhouse operations, advising them on ways of improving the quality of life of their cattle. Temple is also an Animal Science professor at Colorado State University.

2015 OIE Meritorious Award from the World Organization of Animal Health2015 American Farm bureau Distinguished Service Award2013 Distinguished Alumni Medallion National 4-H Council2012 Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame2010 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Lifetime Achievement Award2010 Time Magazine, 100 Most Influential People – Heroes Category2010 Inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, Dallas, Texas2010 Humane Award, American Veterinary Medical Association1995 Industry Advancement Award, American Meat InstituteMore awards can be found at:

Awards & Achievements

Background Information


Animal Scientist, Inventor, Educator, Writer, Psychologist & Advocator

Grandin, T. (Editor)(2014) Livestock Handling and Transport, 4th Edition, CABI Publishing, United Kingdom.Grandin, T. (Editor)(2015) Improving Animal Welfare: A Practical Approach, 2nd Edition, CABI Publishing, United Kingdom.Grandin, T. and Deesing, M.J. (Editor)(2014) The Behavior of Domestic Animals, 2nd Edition, Academic Press (Elsevier), San Diego, CA.Grandin, T. and Deesing, M.J. (2008) Humane Livestock Handling, Storey Publishing, North Adams, MA.Grandin, T. and Johnson, C. (2015) Animals in Translation, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York, New York Times bestseller.Grandin, T. and Johnson, C. (2010) Animals Make us Human, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York, New York Times bestseller.

Books on livestock

"Using animals for food is ethical, but they must be treated with respect, given a decent life and a painless death."


An Innovative Restraint System for CattleLivestock HandlingThe Diagonal PenThe Hug Machine



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