Prof. Lee R Berger is the Reader in Human Evolution and the Public
Understanding of Science in the Institute for Human Evolution, School of
Geosciences at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South
Africa. He discovered the site of Malapa in 2008, and is the discoverer of the
new species of early human ancestor Australopithecus sediba. He is the
Director and Principle Investigator of the Malapa Project and leads over 80
scientists in what has been described as the largest Palaeontological project
in recent history.

Berger, an award-winning researcher, author and speaker is the recipient of
the Friedel Sellschop Award for Young Researchers, a Fellow of the Royal
Society of South Africa,  and the National Geographic Society’s first Prize for
Research and Exploration. He has been recipient of Discover’s top 100
Science Stories of the year on several occasions. His work has been featured
in major articles in National Geographic, Time and Scientific American among
many other prestigious periodicals.  He has written numerous books and
popular articles, as well as more than 80 academic articles. He has appeared
in dozens of television documentaries and is a regular commentator on
evolution and palaeontology. An acclaimed speaker, he has delivered invited
lectures to hundreds of corporate, government and other prestigious
organizations, including the World Summit for Sustainable Development,  the
Royal Geographic Society, the Time, Fortune, CNN Global Forum, the Young
Presidents Organization and the National Geographic Society.

He graduated from Georgia Southern University in 1989 and received his PhD
from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1994.  Lee is an Eagle Scout, and
Boy Scout Honor Medal winner. He is an avid Diver and PADI Divemaster. Lee
is married to Jacqueline and they have two children – Megan and Matthew.
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