Charles Ernest's Biography
Charles L. Ernest
has been the cameraman for Dr. Tanner's research since 1988, and also her
technical support in all areas of computers and photography.
Charles joined the U.S. Navy at the age of seventeen and served for 25
years, retiring as Lieutenant Commander. He served in both the Korean
and Vietnam wars, and also spent time stationed in Japan, the
Philippines, Hawaii, Midway Island and Alaska as well as duty in the
contiguous United States. Upon retirement he continued his interrupted
education, attending De Anza College, College of Notre Dame, and
graduating from USC with a Masters Degree in Science in 1984.
Concurrently, he pursued a career in Design Assurance at GTE. Upon
retirement in 1989 he found a new interest in videotaping the gorillas
of the San Francisco Zoo. In 1992 and 1993 he accompanied Joanne to
Scotland where she studied to qualify to write her doctorate and he
learned about the history, geology and archaeology of Scotland.
Returning to California, he has continued to document the lives of the
gorilla group and to assist Joanne in all things technological.