Louis Leakey Biography
(Paleoanthropologist and Archaeologist)
Birthday: August 7, 1903 (Leo)
Born In: Kabete
Louis Seymour Bazett Leakey was a passionate, charismatic, and sometimes controversial archaeologist and anthropologist whose revolutionary theories and dramatic discoveries contributed immensely to the field of anthropology. His findings greatly altered conceptions about the origins and course of the evolution of human life. His work and fossil discoveries attracted hordes of eager young researchers from many different scientific disciplines, thereby launching the modern field of paleontology, which is the study and categorization of life forms that lived in prehistoric times or various geologic epochs through the analysis of fossils of animals, plants, and other organisms. In later years, he would turn over hands-on archaeology work and anthropological studies to his wife, Mary Leakey, and some of his children while he devoted his considerable energy to related but fresh causes. A passionate lecturer and author, Louis Leakey was also an important figure in the wildlife conservation movement, as his work in primatology inspired young scientists, including Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey, to follow their own passion for exploring not only humanity's past but also its overall relation to other living creatures. His dogged persistence and willingness to stand alone against the crowd resulted in immense scientific strides that increased the worldwide body of knowledge concerning the origins of humanity.