Richard Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist, author
and outspoken atheist. He has established himself as a biological guru
with the publication of books detailing and expanding upon Darwinian
theory. Wired Magazine says this "Revolutionary Evolutionist" is
the first true ethologist of the gene. Richard Dawkins has been
concerned to convince the literate public that they must now take
evolutionary theory seriously as the context within which to think
about ourselves and the world and he strives to bring his theories to
an audience of lay readers through comprehensible analogies and clear
writing.The Wall Street Journal said his "passion is supported by an
awe-inspiring literary craftsmanship." The New York Times Book Review
has hailed him as a writer who "understands the issues so clearly that
he forces his reader to understand them too." Among his books are The
Ancestor's Tale, The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, Climbing Mount
Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, A Devil's Chaplain,The God Delusion,
and The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution.
Born March 26, 1941, son of Clinton John (a farmer) and Jean Mary Vyvyan (Ladner) Dawkins; married author Marian Stamp, August 19, 1967 (divorced, 1984); married Eve Barham, June 1, 1984 (divorced); children-Juliet Emma; married actress Lalla Ward, 1992. Education: Balliol College, Oxford University, B.A., 1962, M.A., 1966, D.Phil., 1966.
University of California, Berkeley, assistant professor of zoology, 1967-69; Oxford University, Oxford, England, lecturer in zoology and fellow of New College, 1970-90, reader in zoology, 1990-95; Evolutionary biologist and the Charles Simonyi Professor For The Understanding Of Science at Oxford University; Elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in May, 2001.The Galaxy British Book Awards named him Author of the Year in 2006 for The God Delusion, and in 2008 his TV program 'The Genius of Charles Darwin' won Best Documentary Series at the British Broadcast Awards. He was listed as one of TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2007.
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