Louis Leakey

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Date of Birth August 7, 1903
Place of Birth Kabete, Kenya
Date of Death Oct 1, 1972 (69)
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Louis Leakey

Louis Seymour Bazett Leakey was a British paleoanthropologist and archaeologist whose work was important in demonstrating that humans evolved in Africa, particularly through discoveries made at Olduvai Gorge with his wife, fellow paleontologist Mary Leakey. Having established a program of palaeoanthropological inquiry in eastern Africa, he also motivated many future generations to continue this scholarly work. Several members of Leakey's family became prominent scholars themselves. Another of Leakey's legacies stems from his role in fostering field research of primates in their natural habitats, which he saw as key to understanding human evolution. He personally focused on three female researchers, Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birutė Galdikas, calling them The Trimates. Each went on to become an important scholar in the field of primatology. Leakey also encouraged and supported many other PhD. candidates, most notably from the University of Cambridge.

Born: Louis Seymour Bazett Leakey, August 7, 1903, Kabete, British East Africa (Kenya)
Died: October 1, 1972, London, United Kingdom
Citizenship: Kenyan, British
Fields: Archaeology, paleoanthropology, paleontology
Known for: Pioneering the study of human evolution in Africa
Influenced: Dian Fossey, Birutė Galdikas, Jane Goodall
Notable awards: Hubbard Medal (1962), Prestwich Medal (1969)
Children: Priscilla Muthoni Leakey, Colin Leakey, Jonathan Leakey, Richard Leakey, Philip Leakey

About Louis Leakey

British archaeologist whose work in the Olduvai Gorge in Africa was important in establishing human evolutionary development. Despite being a devout Christian his science was nonetheless predicated on Darwin's Theory of Evolution.

Louis Leakey Before Fame

He was raised in the former British East Africa (which is now Kenya) by two Christian missionaries and his earliest home had a dirt floor, rodents, and a leaky roof.

Achievement of Louis Leakey

When Britain when to war in 1939 he was drafted by the Kenyan government to work in the African Intelligence Service, where he took on regular police investigations.

Louis Leakey Family Life

He was married to and often worked with Mary Leakey, who made the noteworthy discovery of fossil footprints at Laetoli.

Associations of Louis Leakey

He was a supporter of the radical ideas of Charles Darwin.

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  • Kenyan Christians
  • People educated at Weymouth College (public school)
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  • Kenyan Anglicans
  • Kenyan archaeologists
  • British emigrants to Kenya
  • White Kenyan people
  • Fellows of St John's College, Cambridge
  • British archaeologists
  • 20th-century archaeologists
Latest information about Louis Leakey updated on April 18, 2021.

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