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Awards / Honors

Temple Grandin recognized by Time magazine as one of world's most influential heroes

April 29, 2010

Colorado State University professor Temple Grandin has been included on Time magazine's list of the most influential people of 2010. The magazine unveiled its list of the 100 most influential people on Thursday.

Time's picks plus public online voting

Grandin garnered more than 15,000 votes in public online voting. She ranked No. 31 on Time’s list. The full list will appear in the May 10 issue of Time, available on newsstands on Friday, April 30, and now available at

The list, now in its seventh year, recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals.

Actions transform the world

“The Time 100 is not a list of the most powerful people in the world, it’s not a list of the smartest people in the world, it’s a list of the most influential people in the world,” said Managing Editor Rick Stengel.

“They’re scientists, they’re thinkers, they’re philosophers, they’re leaders, they’re icons, they’re artists, they’re visionaries - people who are using their ideas, their visions, their actions to transform the world and have an effect on a multitude of people.”

International exposure, popularity

Professor Temple Grandin is featured in the May 10 issue of Time magazine as one of the word's most influential individuals.

A professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University and president of Grandin Livestock Handling Systems Inc., Grandin's exposure and popularity spiked this year with the February release of the HBO biopic, "Temple Grandin." The story introduced her for the first time to many people.

As a child, Grandin was diagnosed with autism, and her parents were told she should be institutionalized. But Grandin, who once described her condition as making her "like an animal with no instincts to guide me," used that perspective to become one of the world's most respected advocates for the humane treatment of livestock.

Prominent author and speaker

Grandin earned her doctorate and became a teacher and author, writing books about animals – “Animals in Translation” and “Animals Make Us Human” – and about autism – “The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Aspergers.”

Grandin also speaks around the world on both autism and cattle handling. Her life and work continue to inspire millions.

Inspiration and source of hope

". . . 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," says Marc Hauser, a professor of psychology and evolutionary biology at Harvard University, in the May 10 issue of Time.

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