Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science
Richard Dawkins's books have changed the way professional evolutionary scientists think, while at the same time continuing to sell millions of copies to general readers. Born in Kenya of British parents, he was educated at Oxford and did his doctorate under the Nobel-prizewinning zoologist Niko Tinbergen. His six books, The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype, The Blind Watchmaker, River Out of Eden, Climbing Mount Improbable, and Unweaving the Rainbow will be followed in 2003 by A Devil's Chaplain, a volume of selected essays. He lectures all over the world, and has presented scientific programs on British television. His awards include the Michael Faraday Award of the Royal Society, the Silver Medal of the Zoological Society of London, the International Cosmos Prize, the Nakayama Prize and the Kistler Prize. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature as well as a Fellow of the the Royal Society, and has Honorary Doctorates in literature as well as in science.