Richard Dawkins

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Richard Dawkins

Dawkins in 2010 at Cooper Union in New York City
Born Clinton Richard Dawkins
26 March 1941 (1941-03-26) (age 73)
Nairobi, Kenya Colony
Nationality British
Education MA, DPhil (Oxon)
Alma mater Balliol College, Oxford
Occupation Ethologist
Years active 1967–present
Employer University of California, Berkeley
University of Oxford
Organization Fellow of the Royal Society
Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature
Known for Gene-centered view of evolution, concept of the meme, as well as advocacy of atheism and science.
Notable works The Selfish Gene (1976)
The Extended Phenotype (1982)
The Blind Watchmaker (1986)
The God Delusion (2006)
Influenced by Charles Darwin, Ronald Fisher, George C. Williams, W. D. Hamilton, Daniel Dennett, Bertrand Russell
Spouse Marian Stamp Dawkins
(m. 1967–1984, divorced)
Eve Barham (m. 1984–?, divorced)
Lalla Ward (m. 1992–present)
Children Juliet Emma Dawkins (born 1984)
Parents Clinton John Dawkins (dead)
Jean Mary Vyvyan (née Ladner)
Awards ZSL Silver Medal (1989)
Faraday Award (1990)
Kistler Prize (2001)
Website
The Richard Dawkins Foundation

Clinton Richard Dawkins DSc, FRS, FRSL (born Nairobi, 26 March 1941) is a biologist, evolutionist, and writer.[1] He is an emeritus Fellow of New College, Oxford,[2] and was the University of Oxford's Simonyi Professor for Public Understanding of Science from 1995 until 2008.[3]

Dawkins is an atheist, a vice president of the British Humanist Association, and a supporter of the Brights movement.[4] He is well known for his criticism of creationism and intelligent design. In his 2006 book The God Delusion, Dawkins contends that a supernatural creator almost certainly does not exist and that religious faith is a delusion—"a fixed false belief".[5]:5 As of January 2010, the English-language version had sold more than two million copies and had been translated into 31 languages.[6]

Dawkins' ideas on evolution were heavily influenced by W.D. Hamilton. The influence can be seen throughout Dawkins' book The Selfish Gene. They became friends at Oxford and, after Hamilton's death, Dawkins wrote his obituary[7] and organised a secular memorial service.

He also writes for The Huffington Post.[8]

Works

Books

  • "The Selfish Gene" (1976)
  • "The Extended Phenotype" (1982)
  • "The Blind Watchmaker" (1986)
  • "River Out of Eden" (1995)
  • "Climbing Mount Improbable" (1996)
  • "Unweaving the Rainbow" (1998)
  • "A Devil's Chaplain" (2003)
  • "The Ancestor's Tale" (2004)
  • "The God Delusion" (2006)
  • "The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution" (2009)
  • "The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True" (2011)
  • An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist (2013)

Documentaries

  • "Nice Guys Finish First" (1987)
  • "The Blind Watchmaker" (1987)
  • "Growing Up in the Universe" (1991)
  • "Break the Science Barrier" (1996)
  • "The Root of All Evil?" (2006)
  • "The Enemies of Reason" (2007)
  • "The Genius of Charles Darwin" (2008)
  • Sex, Death and the Meaning of Life (2012)
  • Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed (2008)
  • Faith School Menace? (2010)
  • Beautiful Minds (April 2012)
  • The Unbelievers (2013)

References