Dr. Donald Johanson
Dr. Donald Johanson is the Founding Director of the Institute of Human Origins. For the more than four decades, he has conducted field and laboratory research in paleoanthropology. Most notably, he discovered the 3.2-million-year old hominid skeleton popularly known as “Lucy” He has carried out field research in Ethiopia, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and Tanzania. He is an Honorary Board Member of the Explorers Club, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a member of many other professional organizations and recipient of several international prizes and awards. In 1975, Dr. Johanson was appointed curator of physical anthropology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and, beginning in 1976, developed a laboratory of physical anthropology that attracted scholars from all over the world.
Dr. Johanson has written, among other books, the widely read “Lucy: The Beginnings of Humankind” (with Maitland Edey), 1991, and numerous scientific and popular articles. In 1994, he co-wrote “Ancestors: In Search of Human Origins” and narrated a companion NOVA television series seen by more than 100 million people worldwide. He also published “From Lucy to Language” (with Blake Edgar, principal photography by David Brill), 1996. Dr. Johanson is a frequent lecturer at university and other forums in the United States and abroad.