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Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins

English ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author

Richard Dawkins FRS FRSL (born 26 March 1941) is a British evolutionary biologist and author. He is an emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford, and was Professor for Public Understanding of Science in the University of Oxford from 1995 to 2008. An atheist, he is well known for his criticism of creationism and intelligent design.

Dawkins first came to prominence with his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, which popularised the gene-centred view of evolution and introduced the term meme. With his book The Extended Phenotype (1982), he introduced into evolutionary biology the influential concept that the phenotypic effects of a gene are not necessarily limited to an organism's body, but can stretch far into the environment. In 2006, he founded the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.

In The Blind Watchmaker (1986), Dawkins argues against the watchmaker analogy, an argument for the existence of a supernatural creator based upon the complexity of living organisms. Instead, he describes evolutionary processes as analogous to a blind watchmaker, in that reproduction, mutation, and selection are unguided by any designer. In The God Delusion (2006), Dawkins contends that a supernatural creator almost certainly does not exist and that religious faith is a delusion. Dawkins's atheist stances have sometimes attracted controversy.

Dawkins has been awarded academic and writing awards, and he makes television, radio, and internet appearances, predominantly discussing his books, atheism, and his ideas and opinions as a public intellectual.

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March 26, 1941
Richard Dawkins was born in Nairobi.

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July 7, 2021
The Wire Science
Dave chose the most difficult of all problems in evolution: what is a species and how does it come about?
Alison Flood
April 20, 2021
the Guardian
American Humanist Association criticises academic for comments about identity using 'the guise of scientific discourse', and withdraws its 1996 honour
Alison Flood
April 20, 2021
the Guardian
American Humanist Association criticises academic for comments about identity using 'the guise of scientific discourse', and withdraws its 1996 honour
David P. Barash
December 23, 2020
Nautilus
I remember my grandfather commenting--wry amusement tinged with grim resignation--that what made him finally feel old was seeing...By David P. Barash
June 7, 2020
The Times of India
Mumbai: Veteran poet-lyricist and former Rajya Sabha member Javed Akhtar has won the prestigious Richard Dawkins Award 2020.
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