Louis Leakey Research Paper

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Louis Leakey is one of the most influential men in the world. He is a well-known white archeologist from Africa. Louis Leakey did a lot of things for Africa historically. Also Leakey won an award from a museum and organized an important event. He is an interesting person to talk about from his accomplishments to his personal life. Without Louis Leakey’s impact how would have our history turned out? Louis Seymour Bazett Leakey was born on August 7th, 1903. He was raised in Kabete—small tribe in Kenya—nine miles from the city of Nairobi. His parents Harry and Mary Leakey were white missionaries, giving birth to the first white baby in Kebete. Harry, Mary, and Louis belonged to a tribe called Kikuyu. “He played with Africans, learned to hunt, spoke Kikuyu as frequently as English and was initiated as a member of the Kikuyu tribe”2. He learned the Kikuyu language before he learned to speak English. At first he interested in ornithology—the study of birds. As a 13-year-old teenager, had already had a passion for prehistory. While growing up in a place like Africa—Louis had grown a fascination for prehistory. Dr. Leakey …show more content…
In 1921, he went to St. John in England to major in anthropology and archaeology. Also he got earned a doctorate in African prehistory. After being in England for a while he returned to Kenya for adventures in mid-1920s. People often wonder what can Louis possibly find in a place like Kenya—will he be able prove them wrong? As said before, Louis Leakey returned to Kenya for adventures. On one of his many journeys he discovered human remains of Olduvai Gorge in present day Tanzania in 1931. National Geographic magazine gave Leakey a large amount of money to increase their findings of Olduvai Gorge. Olduvai Gorge was big part of history then and now. It’s also is a huge milestone for the Leakeys. Louis won award in 1941 from Coryndon Museum and Kenya National

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