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
Jean Mary Vyvyan (née Ladner)
Awards ZSL Silver Medal (1989)
Faraday Award (1990)
Kistler Prize (2001)
The Richard Dawkins Foundation

Clinton Richard Dawkins (born Nairobi, 26 March 1941) is a British ethologist, evolutionary biologist and writer who held the post of Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford. He is a leading proponent of scientific thinking, and of evolution in particular. He is a prominent critic of religion, and believes that there is no God. He is an atheist, and supports the Brights movement.[1]

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[2] and organised a secular memorial service.

He also writes for The Huffington Post.[3]

Early life[change | change source]

Dawkins was a Christian until halfway through his teenage years.[4]

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]

  1. "Richard Dawkins on militant atheism". TED Conferences, LLC. February 2002. Retrieved 2011-12-14.
  2. 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