Richard Leakey

Paleoanthropologist, Politician

Richard Leakey is the world's best-known paleoanthropologist, credited with some of the most significant fossil discoveries of the 20th century, but he is even more famous for his political and conservation efforts. Serving his native country of Kenya as a senior government official, a member of parliament, an opposition political activist, a conservationist, an administrator, a museum director, a scientific researcher, an author and a farmer, Leakey has been both successful and controversial.

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