Louis Leakey Biography

Louis Seymour Bazett Leakey, also known as L. S. B. Leakey, was a British paleoanthropologist and archaeologist whose work was important in establishing human evolutionary development in Africa, particularly through his discoveries in the Olduvai Gorge. He also played a major role in creating organizations for future research in Africa and for protecting wildlife there. Having been a prime mover in establishing a tradition of palaeoanthropological inquiry, he was able to motivate the next generation to continue it, notably within his own family, many of whom also became prominent. Leakey participated in national events of British East Africa and Kenya during the 1950s.

In natural philosophy, he asserted Charles Darwin's theory of evolution unswervingly and set about to test Darwin's hypothesis that humans arose in Africa. Leakey was also a devout Christian.

One of Louis's greatest legacies stems from his role in fostering field research of primates in their natural habitats, which he understood as key to unraveling the mysteries of human evolution. He personally chose three female researchers, Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas, calling them The Trimates. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Louis Leakey
Nationality:
Kenya
Profession:
Archaeologist
Religion:
Anglicanism
Date of Birth:
August 7, 1903
Astrological Sign:
Leo
Date of Death:
October 1, 1972
Age at Death:
69
Cause of Death:
Myocardial infarction
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