Basic Biographical Information
The Leakey family is the world’s most prolific paleoanthropologist family. Three consecutive generations have conducted research in Africa studying human origins.
Louis Seymour Bazett Leakey was born on August 7, 1903, in Kabete, Kenya, and passed away October 1, 1972. Louis’ parents were British missionaries that lived among the Kikuyu tribe in Kenya of which he was an initiated member at an early age. At an early age, Louis showed an interest in stone arrowheads and tools. He studied at Cambridge University but took a leave of absence during which he undertook his first archaeological expedition which led to multiple fossil-hunting expeditions in East Africa. This was considered an unusual step as the widely accepted paradigm was that human ancestors derived from Asia. He had a son, Colin Leakey (a plant breeder who lives in London with his wife Susan and three daughters), with first wife Frida (divorced 1936). Louis later married Mary Nicol, an...
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