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Louis Leakey

1903 - 1972

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Louis Seymour Bazett Leakey (7 August 1903 – 1 October 1972) was a Kenyan-British palaeoanthropologist and archaeologist whose work was important in demonstrating that humans evolved in Africa, particularly through discoveries made at Olduvai Gorge with his wife, fellow palaeoanthropologist Mary Leakey. Having established a programme of palaeoanthropological inquiry in eastern Africa, he also motivated many future generations to continue this scholarly work. Several members of the Leakey 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Louis Leakey has received more than 830,471 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia. Louis Leakey is the 18th most popular archaeologist (down from 15th in 2019), the 5th most popular biography from Kenya (up from 6th in 2019) and the most popular Kenyan Archaeologist.

Louis Leakey is most famous for his discovery of the Zinjanthropus skull in Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. He also discovered the Homo Habilis skull in 1960.

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Among archaeologists, Louis Leakey ranks 18 out of 104Before him are Ciriaco de' Pizzicolli, Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, Oscar Montelius, Aurel Stein, Flinders Petrie, and Karl Richard Lepsius. After him are Austen Henry Layard, Louis Agassiz, Leo Frobenius, Bogdan Filov, Alcide d'Orbigny, and Paul Pelliot.

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Among people born in 1903, Louis Leakey ranks 70Before him are Maud Lewis, Princess Olga of Greece and Denmark, Abul A'la Maududi, Ernest Walton, Fritz Bauer, and Alonzo Church. After him are Bob Hope, Mikhail Kalatozov, Werner Ostendorff, Vladimir Bartol, Lou Gehrig, and Johannes Heesters. Among people deceased in 1972, Louis Leakey ranks 41Before him are Karl Silberbauer, Natalie Clifford Barney, Fredric Brown, Lale Andersen, Bronislava Nijinska, and Ásgeir Ásgeirsson. After him are S. R. Ranganathan, Said bin Taimur, Hans Scharoun, Antonio Segni, Hugo Steinhaus, and Mahalia Jackson.

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Among people born in Kenya, Louis Leakey ranks 5 out of 140Before him are Richard Dawkins (1941), Wangari Maathai (1940), Barack Obama Sr. (1936), and Jomo Kenyatta (1893). After him are Richard Leakey (1944), Roger Whittaker (1936), Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o (1938), Daniel arap Moi (1924), Deep Roy (1949), Mwai Kibaki (1931), and Eliud Kipchoge (1984).


Among archaeologists born in Kenya, Louis Leakey ranks 1