Professor Richard Dawkins


Professor Richard Dawkins is the first holder of the newly endowed Charles Simonyi Chair in the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford.

[Picture of Richard Dawkins with binoculars]

A graduate of Oxford, he did his doctorate under the Nobel-prizewinning ethologist Niko Tinbergen. In 1967 he was appointed Assistant Professor of Zoology at the University of California at Berkeley, returning to Oxford in 1969. He has been a Fellow of New College since 1970.

Professor Dawkins's first book, The Selfish Gene (1976; second edition, 1989) became an immediate bestseller and has been translated into all the major languages. Its more technical sequel, The Extended Phenotype, followed in 1982. The Blind Watchmaker (1986) won the Royal Society of Literature Award and the Los Angeles Times Prize, both in 1987. His other bestsellers include River Out of Eden (1995), Climbing Mount Improbable (1996), Unweaving the Rainbow (1998), and A Devil's Chaplain (2003). His most recent book is The Ancestor's Tale (2004). He has lectured all around the world, and in 1991 he gave the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures in London.

Professor Dawkins's awards have included the Silver Medal of the Zoological Society of London (1989), the Royal Society's Michael Faraday Award (1990), the Nakayama Prize for Achievement in Human Science (1990), The International Cosmos Prize (1997) and the Kistler Prize (2001). He has Honorary Doctorates in both literature and science, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society.

More information about Professor Dawkins is available on this site in the form of a downloadable biography in a PDF format and a list of his writings.

Further Information

If you have any particular questions for Professor Dawkins, they may already be in the answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs). You may also be interested in his forthcoming public engagements.

Professor Dawkins can be contacted through his personal assistant, by telephone on 01865 514103. or via email to

There is also a Wikipedia article about Richard Dawkins.

You may also be interested in Professor Dawkins's list of useful or interesting links.

World of Dawkins archive

The World of Richard Dawkins website was an excellent unofficial site run by John Catalano. Apart from new calendar items, it is no longer being substantially updated, and so it has been archived on this site.

Nevertheless, the archived site still provides a large amount of material connected with Professor Dawkins and his books, as well as being a superb resource on all kinds of scientific matters. it is strongly recommended as a source of further information, articles, etc. concerning Richard Dawkins.

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