Meet A Kenyan Peasant With No Formal Education Who Was Honoured By A US University


Kamoya Kimeu is regarded as one of the most successful fossil collectors in the world. Turkana Boy is a Homo habilis skull discovered by Kimeu (also known as Nariokotome boy).

They are responsible for some of the most important paleoanthropological discoveries, together with paleontologists Meave and Richard Leakey.

In the 1950s, Kimeu began working in paleoanthropology as a worker for Louis and Mary Leakey. Richard Leakey's explorations began in 1963, and he accompanied him to the Omo River and Lake Rudolf (now Lake Turkana) in 1967.

He swiftly rose to the position of Richard Leakey's right-hand man, taking command of field activities while Leakey was away. He was appointed curator of all prehistoric sites in Kenya by the National Museums of Kenya in 1977.

President Ronald Reagan honored Kimeu with the LaGorce Medal of the National Geographic Society during a ceremony at the White House.

Case Western Reserve University conferred a Doctor of Science degree on Kimeu on May 30 in Karen, Nairobi, at a virtual graduation ceremony. (Pictured below)