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Meave is also director of field research at the Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya, a unique nonprofit initiative co-founded by the Leakey family and Stony Brook to drive research at one of the best locations on Earth for studying the origins of humankind.The National Geographic Society awards the Hubbard Medal, its highest honor, to the world’s most intrepid explorers, discoverers and researchers in recognition of a lifetime of achievement. Peary won the medal first in 1906 for his unprecedented Arctic explorations.Jane Goodall won in 1995 for her 35-year study of wild chimpanzees.Meave Leakey joins this class of fewer than 100 distinguished honorees with good reason.In 1969, Louis’ son (and Meave’s future husband) Richard Leakey invited her to join a field expedition investigating the newly discovered paleontological site of Koobi Fora on the eastern shores of Kenya’s Lake Turkana.That same year, she began working at the National Museums of Kenya (NMK), where she lead the paleontology division from 1982 to 2001.
Millions of years from now, an aspiring anthropology student may brush the dust off a gleaming gold artifact we call the Hubbard Medal, and wonder to whom it belonged.
But today, we know the most recently minted Hubbard Medal belongs to world-renowned paleoanthropologist Meave Leakey, research professor in Stony Brook University’s Department of Anthropology.
Charles Lindbergh won for making the first non-stop transatlantic flight in 1927.
Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins won for landing on the moon in 1969.
Thanks to her groundbreaking anthropological finds and continued dedication and inspiration to her field of research, we humans know more about our prehistoric ancestors than once ever believed. Photo by Randall Scott/National Geographic Society. Born in London in 1942, Meave was always interested in animals.
A Lifetime of Discovery Meave Leakey accepts the Hubbard Medal, alongside fellow Hubbard honoree Nainoa Thompson, at the 2016 National Geographic Explorer Awards in Washington, D. After obtaining degrees in zoology and marine zoology from the University of North Wales, she traveled to Kenya to work for Louis Leakey at his primate research center while pursuing her Ph D.