Why Famous: Louis Leakey is famous for his work on establishing human evolutionary development in Africa, particularly through his discoveries in the Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania.
Leakey is also remembered for his support of the next generation of researchers into early human history, which included Jane Goodall, Dianne Fossey and Birute Galdikas.
- 1936-12-24 Paleoanthropologist Mary Nicol (23) weds archaeologist Louis Leakey (33) in England
- 1960-11-04 Mary Leakey and Louis Leakey discover first Homo habilis jaw fragments (OH 7) at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania
- 1960-12-02 Paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey discovers 1.4 million year old Homo erectus (Olduvai Hominid 9) in Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania