Wangari Maathai

 

 

Age: 71

 

Summary: environmentalist and political activist who became the first African woman recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for combining environmentalism and social activism as founder of the Green Belt Movement, which mobilize poor women to plant 30 million trees for over 30 years.

 

 

Cause of Death: Cancer

 

Born: April 1, 1940

 

Died: September 25, 2011

 

Location: Nairobi, Kenya