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Louis Leakey

Archaeologist and Paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey

Profession: Archaeologist and Paleoanthropologist

United Kingdom

Biography: 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.

Born: August 7, 1903
Birthplace: Kabete, Kenya

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Leo

Died: October 1, 1972 (aged 69)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Married Life

  • 1936-12-24 Paleoanthropologist Mary Nicol (23) weds archaeologist Louis Leakey (33) in England

Historical Events

  • 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