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Dr. J. Desmond Clark, Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley is the recipient of the second L.S.B. Leakey Prize for Multidisciplinary Research on Ape and Human Evolution.
The Prize was established in honor of Dr. Mary Leakey, and her late husband, Dr. Louis S. B. Leakey, both pioneers in evolutionary research and archeology. The Prize was made available by a gift from an anonymous donor and matched with funds from the Leakey Foundation Board of Trustees Chairman Mr. Gordon P. Getty. Nominations were received from all over the world and reviewed by an international selection committee representing scientists from many different fields of research. Dr. Phillip V. Tobias, Professor of Anatomy at the University of Witwatersrand Medical School in Johannesburg, South Africa, was the recipient of the first Prize in 1991.
Dr. J. Desmond Clark received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, England. Prior to teaching at the University of California, he spent some 23 years in Zambia as Director of the National Museum and founder of the National Monuments Commission. While Dr. Clark's specialty is the prehistory of Africa with an emphasis on early human studies (especially stone tools), his breadth of experience ranges from the Early Stone Age to the transition from hunting and gathering to food production; his fieldwork spans the world including Africa, India, and China; and his insights into man's developing technology and culture come from extensive background in ethnography. Election into the prestigious National Academy of Sciences and the British Academy, as well as honorary degrees from South Africa mark his worldwide recognition.
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