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Donald Johanson Biography

Donald Johanson is an American paleoanthropologist and the founder of the Institute of Human Origins. He went on his first exploratory expedition to Ethiopia in 1972, and the following year completed his PhD and began teaching at Case Western Reserve University. In 1974 he discovered AL 288-1, a partial skeleton of a female australopithecine who soon became world-renowned as "Lucy." In 1975 he and his team found a major collection of fossils, known as "The First Family," at a single site. In 1976, more hominid fossils were discovered, along with stone tools which, at 2.5 million years, were the oldest in the world. In 1978, he and his colleague, Tim White, named the species he had discovered Australopithecus afarensis.

In 1981, Johanson founded the Institute of Human Origins, a non-profit research institution devoted to the study of prehistory. He is the author of several books including, most recently, "Lucy's Legacy: The Quest for Human Origins" (with Kate Wong, Harmony Books, 2009)

Speaking Topics
  • The Origins of Humankind: The View From Africa

    Numerous new African finds are prompting revisions in the number of species in our past and substantiating Darwin’s hunch that Africa was the cradle of humankind.

  • Lucy’s Legacy

    Johanson shares Lucy’s discovery in 1974 and explores the lessons learned from looking at humanity through the lens of time.

  • Olduvai Gorge: Myth and Reality

    Work at Olduvai Gorge spawned a variety of ideas about how our early ancestors lived nearly two million years ago. Johanson reviews recent research and challenges a number of those ideas.

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Lucy's Legacy: The Quest for Human Origins

Lucy's Legacy: The Quest for Human Origins

From Lucy to Language: Revised, Updated, and Expanded

From Lucy to Language: Revised, Updated, and Expanded

Ancestors: In Search of Human Origins

Ancestors: In Search of Human Origins

Journey from the Dawn: Life With the World's First Family

Journey from the Dawn: Life With the World's First Family

Lucy's Child: The Discovery of a Human Ancestor

Lucy's Child: The Discovery of a Human Ancestor

LUCY: THE BEGINNINGS OF HUMANKIND

LUCY: THE BEGINNINGS OF HUMANKIND

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Donald Johanson Biography

Donald Johanson is an American paleoanthropologist and the founder of the Institute of Human Origins. He went on his first exploratory expedition to Ethiopia in 1972, and the following year completed his PhD and began teaching at Case Western Reserve University. In 1974 he discovered AL 288-1, a partial skeleton of a female australopithecine who soon became world-renowned as "Lucy." In 1975 he and his team found a major collection of fossils, known as "The First Family," at a single site. In 1976, more hominid fossils were discovered, along with stone tools which, at 2.5 million years, were the oldest in the world. In 1978, he and his colleague, Tim White, named the species he had discovered Australopithecus afarensis.

In 1981, Johanson founded the Institute of Human Origins, a non-profit research institution devoted to the study of prehistory. He is the author of several books including, most recently, "Lucy's Legacy: The Quest for Human Origins" (with Kate Wong, Harmony Books, 2009)

Donald Johanson Speaking Topics

  • The Origins of Humankind: The View From Africa

    Numerous new African finds are prompting revisions in the number of species in our past and substantiating Darwin’s hunch that Africa was the cradle of humankind.

  • Lucy’s Legacy

    Johanson shares Lucy’s discovery in 1974 and explores the lessons learned from looking at humanity through the lens of time.

  • Olduvai Gorge: Myth and Reality

    Work at Olduvai Gorge spawned a variety of ideas about how our early ancestors lived nearly two million years ago. Johanson reviews recent research and challenges a number of those ideas.

Donald Johanson Videos

  • Institute of Human Origins 30th Anniversary Introduction by Donald ...
  • Donald Johanson on our responsibility to the natural world - YouTube
  • Big Think Interview With Donald Johanson - YouTube

Donald Johanson Books

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  • How to book Donald Johanson?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Donald Johanson for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Donald Johanson, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Donald Johanson or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Donald Johanson?

    Booking fees for Donald Johanson, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Donald Johanson, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Donald Johanson?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Donald Johanson for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Donald Johanson for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Donald Johanson or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Donald Johanson or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Donald Johanson is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as The Origins of Humankind: The View From Africa, Lucy’s Legacy and Olduvai Gorge: Myth and Reality. The estimated speaking fee range to book Donald Johanson for your event is available upon request. Donald Johanson generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Spencer Wells, Graham Hill, Richard Florida, Peter Diamandis and Mark Moffett. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Donald Johanson for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Donald Johanson Speaking Topics

  • The Origins of Humankind: The View From Africa

    Numerous new African finds are prompting revisions in the number of species in our past and substantiating Darwin’s hunch that Africa was the cradle of humankind.

  • Lucy’s Legacy

    Johanson shares Lucy’s discovery in 1974 and explores the lessons learned from looking at humanity through the lens of time.

  • Olduvai Gorge: Myth and Reality

    Work at Olduvai Gorge spawned a variety of ideas about how our early ancestors lived nearly two million years ago. Johanson reviews recent research and challenges a number of those ideas.

Donald Johanson Speaker Videos

  • Institute of Human Origins 30th Anniversary Introduction by Donald ...
    Donald Johanson on our responsibility to the natural world - YouTube
  • Big Think Interview With Donald Johanson - YouTube

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