Honorary Associates of Rationalist International

Prof. Richard Dawkins (UK)

Prof. Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins is one of the most prominent zoologists of our times and the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. His books are international best sellers and have been translated in all major languages: The Selfish Gene (1976), The Extended Phenotype (1982) The Blind Watchmaker (1986), River Out of Eden (1995), Climbing Mount Improbable (1996) and Unweaving the Rainbow (1998). His latest book is: A Devil's Chaplain.

Born in Nairobi in 1941 (his family had moved during the Second World war from England to Kenya and returned back in 1949), he studied at Oxford University, graduated there (1962) and worked for his doctorate with the famous Danish ethologist and Nobel Prize Winner Nikolas Tinbergen. After two years as Assistant Professor of Zoology at the University of California at Berkeley, he returned in 1970 to Oxford University as Lecturer in Zoology and became a Fellow of New College. Since 1995 he is holder of the newly endowed Charles Simonyi Chair.

For The Blind Watchmaker, Richard Dawkins won the Award of the Royal Society of Literature and the Los Angeles Times Literary Prize (1987). Other awards include: the Silver Medal of the Zoological Society of London (1989), the Royal Society Michael Faraday Award for the furtherance of Public Understanding of Science (1990) and the Nakayama Prize for Human Science (1994) and the International Cosmos Prize (1997). Richard Dawkins was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Literature by the University of St.Andrews (1995) and elected a Fellow of the British Royal Academy of Literature (1997). Richard Dawkins is a columnist of Free Inquiry magazine. In 1996, he received the Humanist of the Year Award and was elected a vice-president of the British Humanist Association.