SEI's Lawrence Nzuve prospecting for fossils on Lapur Range, northern Kenya

SEI Africa Communications Coordinator Lawrence Nzuve fossil prospecting in the dinosaur fossil-rich Lapur Range in northern Kenya. Photo: Lawrence Nzuve / SEI.

“Recognizing that science journalism was also important, Leakey gave me a fellowship to study at Stony Brook University.”

— Lawrence Nzuve, SEI Africa Communications Coordinator

SEI Africa Communications Coordinator Lawrence Nzuve worked with him for over a decade in northern Kenya. One of Leakey’s most celebrated finds came in 1984 when he helped unearth Turkana Boy , a 1.6-million-year-old skeleton of a young male Homo erectus. Leakey and his team of the “hominid gang” would discover a skull called 1470 ¬†found in 1972 that extended the world’s knowledge of the Homo erectus species several million years deeper into the past.

Leakey offered Nzuve a much-coveted fellowship in science journalism at Stony Brook University in the US to study science journalism, one of his many contributions to young people studying in various science disciplines across the world.