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Richard Leakey

1944 - 2022

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Richard Erskine Frere Leakey (19 December 1944 – 2 January 2022) was a Kenyan paleoanthropologist, conservationist and politician. Leakey held a number of official positions in Kenya, mostly in institutions of archaeology and wildlife conservation. He was Director of the National Museum of Kenya, founded the NGO WildlifeDirect and was the chairman of the Kenya Wildlife Service.Leakey co-founded the Turkana Basin Institute in an academic partnership with Stony Brook University, where he was an anthropology professor. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Richard Leakey has received more than 740,768 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Richard Leakey is the 21st most popular anthropologist (up from 47th in 2019), the 6th most popular biography from Kenya (up from 16th in 2019) and the most popular Kenyan Anthropologist.

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Among anthropologists, Richard Leakey ranks 21 out of 69Before him are Knud Rasmussen, A. L. Kroeber, Edward T. Hall, Mary Douglas, Victor Turner, and Mary Leakey. After him are Marvin Harris, Leslie White, Wilhelm Schmidt, Cheikh Anta Diop, Raymond Dart, and Marc Augé.

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Among people born in 1944, Richard Leakey ranks 138Before him are John Entwistle, Alice Walker, Kemal Sunal, Johnny Winter, Tommie Smith, and Brian Tracy. After him are Pattie Boyd, Agnes Baltsa, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Jon Anderson, Terry Brooks, and Pat Martino. Among people deceased in 2022, Richard Leakey ranks 34Before him are Olga Szabó-Orbán, Elza Soares, Toshiki Kaifu, Jean-Jacques Beineix, Jean-Claude Mézières, and Borislav Ivkov. After him are Ronnie Hellström, Fatma Girik, Máté Fenyvesi, George Crumb, Gaspard Ulliel, and Ian McDonald.

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Among people born in Kenya, Richard Leakey ranks 6 out of 140Before him are Richard Dawkins (1941), Wangari Maathai (1940), Barack Obama Sr. (1936), Jomo Kenyatta (1893), and Louis Leakey (1903). After him are Roger Whittaker (1936), Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o (1938), Daniel arap Moi (1924), Deep Roy (1949), Mwai Kibaki (1931), and Eliud Kipchoge (1984).


Among anthropologists born in Kenya, Richard Leakey ranks 1