Currently alive, at 78 years of age.
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1940 – Born on April 1st in Nyeri, Kenya. Kenyan politician and environmental activist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace, the first black African woman to win a Nobel Prize.
1964-1966 – Maathai was educated in the United States at Mount St. Scholastica College (now Benedictine College; B.S. in biology) and at the University of Pittsburgh (M.S.).
1971 – She received a Ph.D. at the University of Nairobi, where she then taught veterinary anatomy.
1977 – The Green Belt Movement, an organization she founded, had, by the early 21st century, planted some 30 million trees and inspired similar grassroots movements in other African countries.
1988 – She is the author of The Green Belt Movement: Sharing the Approach and the Experience.
2002-2003 – Maathai was elected to Kenya’s National Assembly with 98 percent of the vote and was appointed assistant minister of environment, natural resources, and wildlife.
2004 – The Nobel Prize committee commended her “holistic approach to sustainable development that embraces democracy, human rights and women’s rights in particular”.