Richard Leakey


January 24, 2022

Richard Erskine Leakey (December 19, 1944 Nairobi, Kenya - January 2, 2022) was a Kenyan politician and paleontologist, a continuing research in his parents Mary and Louise Leakey. He did not finish high school and made a living as a safari from a young age. In 1963–4 he was co-leader of the paleontological expedition to Lake Natron in Tanzania and the expedition to Lake Baringo in Kenya (1966). He took part in an international expedition to the Omo River in 1967. Since 1974, he has been the director of the National Museum of Kenya in Nairobi. He became famous for research on the eastern shore of Lake Turkana, where in 1984 he found the skeleton of a nine-year-old Homo ergaster boy known as KNM-WT 15000 or Turkana Boy. His wife Maeve Leakey and daughter Louise Leakey collaborated on the research. He suffered a plane crash in 1993, after which both legs had to be amputated and replaced with prostheses. Since 2007, he has worked at the Kenyan branch of Transparency International. He was involved in the fight against the Tanzanian government's plan to build a highway through the Serengeti National Park. In 2004, he became the director of the WildlifeDirect program. He also lectured anthropology at Stony Brook University in New York. He called himself an atheist and demanded that evolution be taught in all schools.



He is the author of publications: General History of Africa, 1976 Origins 1978 People of the Lake, 1979 - česky People from the Lake (Columbus Edition 1984) The Making of Mankind, 1981 The Origin of Humankind (Perseus Books Group, 1994) - česky Pôvod lidstva (Masters of Science 1996) The Sixth Extinction (with Roger Lewin) (Bantam Dell Pub Group, 1995) Wildlife Wars: My Fight to Save Africa's Natural Treasures (with Virginia Morell) (St. Martin's Press, 2001) - česky Války v divočině (BB art 2003)

Books in Czech

LEAKEY, Richard; LEWIN, Roger. People of the Lake: Mankind and its Beginnings. [s.l.]: Mladá fronta, 1984. 248 s. LEAKEY, Richard. The Origin of Humankind. [s.l.]: Archa, 1996. 164 pp. ISBN 80-7115-103-3. LEAKEY, Richard; MORELL, Virginia. Wildlife Wars: My Fight to Save Africa's Natural Treasures. Prague: BB art, 2003. 286 pp. ISBN 80-7341-039-7.

External links

Richard Leakey pictures, sounds, and videos on Wikimedia Commons Richard Leakey on the show! - Czech Radio Leonardo, September 8, 2009 Website about the Leakey family Encyclopaedia Britannica

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