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Professor Andrew Hill (1946-2015)

Posted on 25/07/2012

Professor Andrew Hill

PhD Geology, 1975 Bedford College

Andrew was trained in geology and paleontology at the University of Reading, and received his Ph.D. from Bedford College, the University of London, in 1975. Andrew then spent a number of years based in Nairobi, working at the National Museums of Kenya, directing The International Louis Leakey Memorial Institute for African Prehistory, and conducting fieldwork at Lake Baringo, Kenya and in the Siwaliks, Pakistan. During this time, Andrew discovered what was later revealed as the Laetoli footprint tuff, which along with Australopithecus afarensis fossils from Laetoli and the Afar, revolutionized the field by definitively proving that bipedal locomotion preceded the evolution of large brain size in hominin evolution. Andrew moved to Harvard University for a postdoctoral position in 1981 and established the Baringo Paleontological Research Project, which he directed for 34 years. He expanded his fieldwork to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, starting in 1984 and more recently, served as co-director of the Baynunah Palaeontology Project. In 1985, he became a faculty member in the Department of Anthropology at Yale University, ascending to the rank of Full Professor in 1992, and serving as department Chair from 2000-2006. Andrew was appointed the J. Clayton Stephenson Professor of Anthropology in 2006, and was inducted into the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2009.


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