Tucson Festival of Books

Temple Grandin, PhD

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is a gifted scientist, a trailblazer in autism research and one of the first people to document her experiences living with autism.

Although she had trouble verbally communicating until the age of 3, Dr. Grandin has become a renowned professor, author and rights advocate. Her experience on the autism spectrum led her to become a pioneer in deep-pressure stimulation with her invention of The Temple Grandin Hug Machine.

Grandin has received numerous awards including the Meritorious Achievement Award from the Livestock Conservation Institute, named a Distinguished Alumni at Franklin Pierce College and received an honorary doctorate from McGill University, University of Illinois, and Duke University. 

HBO has recently premiered a movie about Temple’s early life and career with the livestock industry. The movie received seven Emmy awards. Grandin's latest work is her new book, "Visual Thinking."

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Awards: James Beard Award, 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, Honorary 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 Association, 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 2010, Time Magazine 100 Most Influential People 2011, Peek Award for Disability in the Media, Utah Film Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 2011, Special Recognition Award, American Meat Science Association - In recognition of her faithful service to the meat industry and individual members and her common sense leadership in animal welfare issues 2011, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Double Helix Medal for communication with the public on autism 2011, First Place, Livestock Publications Council, Instructional Story non-association for an article I wrote in Beef magazine on cattle handling safety 2011, Chairman’s Award, Colorado Bio Science Association, Denver, CO for communicating with the public about autism 2011, American Humane Association - National Humanitarian Award - Pioneering Efforts that Reshaped Animal Welfare in the Livestock Industry 2011, The Halal Journal Award - Outstanding Personal Achievement 2011, Hall of Great Westerners, Oklahoma State University 2011, Promoting the Power of Education Award, Arapahoe Community College, Denver, Colorado 2011, Friend of Occupational Therapy Award, College of Occupational Therapy, Colorado State University 2012, Texas Trail of Fame - Star placed in Fort Worth Stockyards Sidewalk 2012, Colorado Women's Hall of Fame 2012, Honorary Doctorate Carnegie Mellon University 2012, Honorary Doctorate Western College of Veterinary Medicine 2012, Honorary Doctorate Franklin Pierce University 2012, Honorary Doctorate Arizona State University 2012, Liberty Science Center Distinguished Humanitarian Award 2012, Science and Medicine Award Bonfils Stanton Foundation 2012, Lifetime Achievement Award CARD Florida Center for Autism 2013, The Distinguished Alumni Medallion, National 4-H Council 2013, Chairman's Aware, Colorado BioSciences 2014, Honorary Doctorate - Washington University in St. Louis MO 2014, Honorary Doctorate - Providence College, Providence Rl 2014, Honorary Doctorate - Texas A&M University, 2014 2014, The Teachers College Medal for Distinguished Service, Columbia University, New York 2015, Meritorious Award - OIE World Organization for Animal Health, Paris, France 2015, Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame from FFA 2015, Honorary Doctorate Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia 2015, Honorary Doctorate University of Buenos Aires, Argentina 2016, Honorary Doctorate Emory University, Atlanta, GA 2016, American Academy of Arts and Science Journalism and Communication Division 2017, National Women's Hall of Fame 2017, Career Achievement Award, University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences 2018, Honorary Doctorate, North Carolina State University 2018, Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science 2019, Association of Children’s Museum, Great Friends to Kids Award, Denver CO 2019, National Educator Award 2019, Association of Children’s Museum, Great Friends to Kids Award, Denver, CO 2019, Harry L. Rudnick Educator’s Award from NAMI 2020, International Lectureship Award, American Meat Science Association 2020, Honorary Degree - Lafayette College, Easton Pennsylvania 2021, Honorary Doctorate, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY 2021, Legacy Award - Significant Impact on the Field of Neurodiversity, Quad Prepatory School 2021, Honorary Doctorate, Becker College, Worchester, MA 2021, Honorary Doctorate, Laval University, Quebec 2022, Colorado State University Distinguished Professor

Scheduled events:
Hidden Gifts of Visual Thinkers
In her new book, "Visual Thinking," renowned animal behaviorist and autistic activist Temple Grandin takes us inside the world of visual thinkers and the skills they bring to problem solving and systemic thinking.

Student Union North Ballroom (Seats 560)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Science / Medicine / Technology
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Rincon Room (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Temple Grandin, PhD
Moderator: Mimi Coomier
Visual Thinking and the Art of Perception
Bestselling scientist-authors Temple Grandin and Amy Herman discuss visual intelligence, visual thinking and how these life-enhancing skills lead to better solutions in our world.

Modern Languages Room 350 (Seats 318, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Science / Medicine / Technology
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Temple Grandin, PhD, Amy Herman
Moderator: Mary-Frances O'Connor

Visual Thinking
The Hidden Gifts of People Who Think in Pictures, Patterns, and Abstractions
Science / Medicine / Technology
October 2022
ISBN 9780593418369
352 pages

Thinking in Pictures, Expanded Edition
My Life with Autism
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
January 2006
ISBN 9780307275653
320 pages