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Mary Leakey

1913 - 1996

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Mary Douglas Leakey, FBA (née Nicol, 6 February 1913 – 9 December 1996) was a British paleoanthropologist who discovered the first fossilised Proconsul skull, an extinct ape which is now believed to be ancestral to humans. She also discovered the robust Zinjanthropus skull at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania, eastern Africa. For much of her career she worked with her husband, Louis Leakey, at Olduvai Gorge, where they uncovered fossils of ancient hominines and the earliest hominins, as well as the stone tools produced by the latter group. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mary Leakey has received more than 533,677 page views. Her biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). Mary Leakey is the 20th most popular anthropologist (up from 24th in 2019), the 1,163rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 1,470th in 2019) and the 8th most popular British Anthropologist.

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Among anthropologists, Mary Leakey ranks 20 out of 69Before her are E. E. Evans-Pritchard, Knud Rasmussen, A. L. Kroeber, Edward T. Hall, Mary Douglas, and Victor Turner. After her are Richard Leakey, Marvin Harris, Leslie White, Wilhelm Schmidt, Cheikh Anta Diop, and Raymond Dart.

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Among people born in 1913, Mary Leakey ranks 78Before her are Stewart Granger, Nicolás Gómez Dávila, Alexander Pokryshkin, Boris Pahor, Loretta Young, and Eddie Constantine. After her are Heinz Kohut, Wolfgang Lüth, Shih Kien, Bruno Pontecorvo, Pierre Werner, and Israel Gelfand. Among people deceased in 1996, Mary Leakey ranks 72Before her are Frida Boccara, Geoffrey Wilkinson, Leonor Fini, Mieczysław Weinberg, Michel Debré, and Obdulio Varela. After her are Bob Paisley, Greer Garson, Spiro Agnew, Hans Blumenberg, Zeki Müren, and Saul Bass.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Mary Leakey ranks 1,163 out of 7,765Before her are Elizabeth Blount (1500), Paul Scofield (1922), Alfonso de Portago (1928), Glenn Hughes (1951), Albert Hammond (1944), and Claude Bowes-Lyon, 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne (1855). After her are Emily Davison (1872), Sophie, Countess of Wessex (1965), Roddy McDowall (1928), Eddie the Eagle (1963), Johannes de Sacrobosco (1195), and Bob Paisley (1919).

Among ANTHROPOLOGISTS In United Kingdom

Among anthropologists born in United Kingdom, Mary Leakey ranks 8Before her are James George Frazer (1854), Jane Goodall (1934), Gregory Bateson (1904), Alfred Radcliffe-Brown (1881), E. E. Evans-Pritchard (1902), and Victor Turner (1920). After her are Edmund Leach (1910), Ashley Montagu (1905), Hugh Falconer (1808), and Alice Roberts (1973).