The notable scientist, Richard Leakey, delivered a talk yesterday, sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan. Contributing much to humanity through his tireless efforts in exploring the earth, uncovering secrets of the past, assessing the impact of climate change, and advocating for social justice and wildlife, Leakey was selected by Time Magazine as one of the 100 greatest minds of the 20th century—incidentally a list that includes the Wright Brothers, Jacques Cousteau, Jonas Salk, and Sigmund Freud. Leakey has remained committed not only to the advancement of science, but also to fighting for political justice and environmental conservation. All of these things, incidentally, are inherently geographical.
The GRCC Geography Field Cap is awarded to the institution’s geography alumni, as well as those that have contributed to the advancement of Geography through fieldwork, exploration, research, teaching, or publication. It is rare for any one individual to contribute in every one of these areas, but Richard Leakey has done just that. In recognition for his contributions to advancing Geography, the GRCC Geography Field Cap was awarded to Professor Leakey. He graciously accepted the honor while being thanked for what he has done for the discipline of Geography—and what he has done for humankind.