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Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin: Biographical Information

Temple Grandin was born on August 29, 1947, in Boston. Massachusetts.

Temple Grandin was born Mary Temple Grandin in Boston Massachusetts on August 29, 1947 to a well-to-do family. She was labeled as having “brain damage” due to her different mental development and special needs. Her mother worked very hard to create a safe and encouraging space for her daughter, working with teachers and special needs experts. Grandin’s mother concluded that her daughter was autistic, though Grandin was not formally diagnosed until well into adulthood.

Dr. Temple Grandin is well known to many for her trailblazing work as a spokesperson for people with autism and is one of the first individuals to document the insights she gained from her personal experience of autism.  Dr. Temple Grandin is also well known for her lifelong work with animal behavior. 

Temple Grandin obtained her:

B.A. in Psychology at Franklin Pierce College in 1970.

M.S. in Animal Science at Arizona State University in 1975.


Grandin, T. (1975--Agriculture). Survey of behavioral and physical events which occur in hydraulic restraining chutes for cattle (dissertation). Arizona State University.

Ph.D in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1989.


Grandin, T. (1989). Effect of rearing environment and environmental enrichment on behavior and neural development in young pigs (dissertation). University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Grandin, T. (1989). Effect of rearing environment and environmental enrichment on behavior and neural development in young pigs. (dissertation). University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Preview available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I. 

Temple Grandiin is a:

Professor of Animal science at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, 80523, USA teaching courses on livestock behaviour and facility design.

Consultant and Designer for Grandin Livestock Handling Systems, Inc, consulting with the livestock industry on facility design, livestock handling, and animal welfare.


Temple Grandin's Ph.D, Professional  Resume can be found at: The professional resume lists Temple Grandin's Awards, Professional Memebrships, Books, Chapters and Pages on Livestock Subjects from 1993 though to the present and Video Lectures on Livestock subjects. Selected Publications on Livestock subjects from 1973 through to the present can be found at:

Family Story

Biographical Overview


Biographical Movie DVD


Emergence by Temple Grandin; Margaret M. Scariano 

ISBN: 0878795243

Publication Date: 1986-01-01

Emergence is the first-hand account of an autistic woman who beat the odds and cured herself. As a child, Temple Grandin was forced to leave her "normal" school and enroll in a school for autistic children. This account captures the isolation and fears suffered by autistics and their families and the quiet strength of one woman who insisted on a miracle.

Biographical Juvenile Literature