Wangari Maathai

1940 - 2011

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Wangarĩ Muta Maathai (; 1 April 1940 – 25 September 2011) was a Kenyan social, environmental and a political activist and the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. As a beneficiary of the Kennedy Airlift, she studied in the United States, earning a bachelor's degree from Mount St. Scholastica and a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wangari Maathai has received more than 1,483,273 page views. Her biography is available in 93 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 89 in 2019). Wangari Maathai is the 1,030th most popular politician (down from 834th in 2019), the 2nd most popular biography from Kenya and the most popular Politician.

Wangari Maathai is an environmental and political activist from Kenya. She is most famous for her work in planting trees to combat deforestation.

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Among politicians, Wangari Maathai ranks 1,030 out of 15,577Before her are Ivan V of Russia, Nabonidus, Frederick V of the Palatinate, Xiang Yu, Dzhokhar Dudayev, and Harald Bluetooth. After her are Abd el-Krim, Princess Stéphanie of Belgium, Nestor, Trygve Lie, Zeno, and Isabel Martínez de Perón.

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Among people born in 1940, Wangari Maathai ranks 20Before her are Frank Zappa, Carlos Slim, Muhammad Yunus, Qaboos bin Said al Said, Joachim Gauck, and J. M. Coetzee. After her are Martin Sheen, Julie Christie, Gao Xingjian, Pina Bausch, Zodiac Killer, and Giorgio Moroder. Among people deceased in 2011, Wangari Maathai ranks 13Before her are Otto von Habsburg, Cesária Évora, Burhanuddin Rabbani, Sathya Sai Baba, Peter Falk, and Svetlana Alliluyeva. After her are Sócrates, Joe Frazier, Annie Girardot, Ágota Kristóf, Ramiz Alia, and Rosalyn Sussman Yalow.

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Among people born in Kenya, Wangari Maathai ranks 2 out of 140Before her are Richard Dawkins (1941). After her are Barack Obama Sr. (1936), Jomo Kenyatta (1893), Louis Leakey (1903), 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 politicians born in Kenya, Wangari Maathai ranks 1After her are Jomo Kenyatta (1893), Daniel arap Moi (1924), Mwai Kibaki (1931), Uhuru Kenyatta (1961), Raila Odinga (1945), Tom Mboya (1930), Amina Mohamed (1961), and Peres Jepchirchir (1993).