White is notable for his paleoanthropological studies on an early hominid skeleton called 'Lucy,' as well as his 1994 discovery of Ar. ramidus, an ancestor of modern humans.
He received a doctorate in physical anthropology from the University of Michigan after finishing his undergraduate study at the University of California, Riverside.
He was a long-time professor at the University of California, Berkeley, in the departments of anthropology and integrative biology.
He grew up in Lake Arrowhead, California, for the majority of his boyhood.
During the 1970s, he worked with renowned paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey on a project involving hominid remains discovered in Tanzania by Leakey.
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