South African archaeologist who, after taking first degrees at Cape Town University in 1958 and Cambridge (England) in 1961, researched his Ph.D. at Peterhouse, Cambridge, completed in 1969. He is well known for his work in Africa and especially that on early man. He was Warden of Prehistoric Sites in Kenya (1961–2) and Deputy Director of the Centre for Prehistory and Palaeontology at the National Museums of Kenya (1963–5). In 1966 he joined the anthropology faculty at the University of California, Berkeley. He was co‐director of the Koobi Fora project in East Africa with Richard Leakey. In 1983 Isaac was appointed Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University, where, at the time of his death, he was developing a series of new research projects.
Antiquity, 60 (1986), 55–6