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Temple Grandin

Professor of Animal Science

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In this MAKERS interview, Temple Grandin talks about how her autistic mind and very specific way of thinking allowed her to visualize and design a cattle facility that would revolutionize the food industry and give better lives to the animals we use for food.
Temple Grandin is world-famous for using insights gained from her autism to revolutionize the livestock industry. A professor at Colorado State for more than 20 years, Grandin is a celebrated speaker who lectures internationally on autism and livestock handling.   Diagnosed with autism as a child, which was thought to be a form of brain damage at the time, Grandin only began speaking at the age of four following extensive speech therapy. Still, Grandin went on to academic success, earning 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.   An expert on animal behavior, Grandin has designed humane handling systems for half the cattle-processing facilities in the U.S. and consults with the meat industry to develop animal welfare guidelines. In 2010, Time Magazine listed Grandin as one of its most Important People of the Year.   Not only has Grandin's work on the humane treatment of animals made her revered in the animals rights world, but her books about her life as an autistic person have increased the world's understanding of the condition.

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