Louise N. Leakey
Director and Research Scientist
FOSSILAFRICA - Turkana Basin Institute
Louise Leakey is part of the third generation of a family of renowned palaeontologists in East Africa. She leads expeditions to the fossil-rich regions of Lake Turkana in search of evidence of human origins. Leakey is behind the establishment of a privately funded research institute. As part of this initiative, two field stations have been developed in the remote and fossiliferous region of Lake Turkana. These centres in northern Kenya will greatly facilitate field research for numerous students and scientists and significantly increase important discoveries and publications in this field. The Turkana Basin Institute has generated increased awareness and concern for the surrounding peoples and is helping to raise support for local school and medical needs. She is one of Kenya's few wine growers and pilots a light aircraft. A graduate of the United World College of the Atlantic, she completed her studies at the University of Bristol and the University of London, where she was awarded her PhD.