Lee R. Berger

Monday, July 03, 2017

Location Amphitheater

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Paleoanthropologist, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence

Lee R. Berger is an award-winning researcher, explorer, author and palaeoanthropologist. In addition to being the recipient of the National Geographic Society’s first Prize for Research and Exploration and the Academy of Achievement’s Golden Plate Award, Berger is a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa and the South African Academy of Sciences.

His explorations into human origins on the African continent, Asia and Micronesia for the past two and a half decades have resulted in many new discoveries, including the most complete early hominin fossils ever discovered that belong to a new species of early human ancestor: Australopithecus sediba

Berger is founder of the Lee R. Berger Foundation for Exploration, a founder of the Palaeoanthropological Scientific Trust and a founding trustee of the Jane Goodall Society of South Africa. He is Director of one of the largest palaeontological projects, leading more than 100 researchers in investigations of the Malapa site in South Africa as well as leading the Rising Star Expedition in 2013 resulting in the discovery of the largest primitive hominin assemblage in history. 

Berger is presently the Research Professor in Human Evolution and the Public Understanding of Science at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and an Explorer in Residence at the National Geographic Society. He holds a PhD and a Doctor of Science in palaeoanthropology from Witwatersrand.