Dawkins in 2010 at Cooper Union in New York City
|Born||Clinton Richard Dawkins
26 March 1941
Nairobi, Kenya Colony
|Education||MA, DPhil (Oxon)|
|Alma mater||Balliol College, Oxford|
|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)
|The Richard Dawkins Foundation|
Clinton Richard Dawkins DSc, FRS, FRSL (born Nairobi, 26 March 1941) is a biologist, evolutionist, and writer. He is an emeritus Fellow of New College, Oxford, and was the University of Oxford's Simonyi Professor for Public Understanding of Science from 1995 until 2008.
Dawkins is an atheist, a vice president of the British Humanist Association, and a supporter of the Brights movement. 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 As of January 2010, the English-language version had sold more than two million copies and had been translated into 31 languages.
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 and organised a secular memorial service.
Works[change | change source]
Books[change | change source]
- "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[change | change source]
- "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[change | change source]
- Ridley, Mark (2007). Richard Dawkins: How a scientist changed the way we think: reflections by scientists, writers, and philosophers. Oxford University Press. p. 228. ISBN 0-19-921466-2. http://books.google.com/books?id=lH4sh2436rEC&q=%22evolutionary+biologist%22#v=snippet&q=%22evolutionary%20biologist%22&f=false., Extract of page 228
- Emeritus, Honorary and Wykeham Fellows of New College, Oxford
- "Previous holders of The Simonyi Professorship". The University of Oxford. http://www.simonyi.ox.ac.uk/previous-holders-simonyi-professorship. Retrieved 23 September 2010.
- "Richard Dawkins on militant atheism". TED Conferences, LLC. http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/richard_dawkins_on_militant_atheism.html. Retrieved 14 December 2011.
- Dawkins, Richard (2006). The God Delusion. Transworld Publishers. ISBN 0-593-05548-9.
- "The God Delusion – back on the Times extended list at #24". Richard Dawkins at RichardDawkins.net. 27 January 2010. http://richarddawkins.net/articles/5000#455619. Retrieved 6 February 2010.
- "Richard Dawkins — Science and the New Atheism". Richard Dawkins at Point of Inquiry. 8 December 2007. http://media.libsyn.com/media/pointofinquiry/POI_2007_12_7_Richard_Dawkins.mp3. Retrieved 14 March 2008.
- included in Hamilton W.D. 2005. Narrow roads of gene land, vol. 3: Last words (with essays by coauthors, ed. M. Ridley). Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 0-19-856690-5