Matt Ridley is the author Nature via Nurture: Genes, Experience, and What Makes Us Human; Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters; The Origins of Virtue: Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation; The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature; and other books on science. His books have been short-listed for six literary awards and have been translated into 23 languages.
He has also written articles and book reviews for major publications, including The Times, Guardian, Times Literary Supplement, New Statesman, TIME, Newsweek, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Atlantic Monthly, Discover, and Natural History.
Dr. Ridley was science editor and American editor of the Economist from 1983 to 1992, and a columnist for the Sunday and Daily Telegraph between 1993 and 2000. He is chairman of the International Centre for Life, a £68 million science park and education project that opened in May 2000 in Newcastle upon Tyne. He is also deputy chairman of Northern Rock plc, chairman of Northern 2 VCT, and a director of Northern Investors Company plc.
He has B.A. and D.Phil. degrees from Oxford University in zoology