Richard Dawkins

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Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins Cooper Union Shankbone.jpg
Dawkins in 2010 at Cooper Union in New York City
Born Clinton Richard Dawkins
(1941-03-26) 26 March 1941 (age 77)
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 work The Selfish Gene (1976)
The Extended Phenotype (1982)
The Blind Watchmaker (1986)
The God Delusion (2006)
Spouse(s) Marian Stamp Dawkins
(m. 1967–1984, divorced)
Eve Barham (m. 1984–?, divorced)
Lalla Ward (m. 1992–present)
Children Juliet Emma Dawkins (born 1984)
Parent(s) 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 an English [1] biologist, evolutionist, and writer.[2] He is an emeritus Fellow of New College, Oxford,[3] and was the University of Oxford's Simonyi Professor for Public Understanding of Science from 1995 until 2008.[4]

Dawkins is an atheist, a vice president of the British Humanist Association, and a supporter of the Brights movement.[5] 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".[6]:5 As of January 2010, the English-language version had sold more than two million copies and had been translated into 31 languages.[7]

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[8] and organised a secular memorial service.

He also writes for The Huffington Post.[9]

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. Although born in Kenya, Dawkins considers himself English.
  2. 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. , Extract of page 228
  3. Emeritus, Honorary and Wykeham Fellows of New College, Oxford
  4. "Previous holders of The Simonyi Professorship". The University of Oxford. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  5. "Richard Dawkins on militant atheism". TED Conferences, LLC. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  6. Dawkins, Richard (2006). The God Delusion. Transworld Publishers. ISBN 0-593-05548-9. 
  7. "The God Delusion – back on the Times extended list at #24". Richard Dawkins at 27 January 2010. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
  8. 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