Born March 26, 1941 - Nairobi, Kenya
Field- Evolutionary biology
Institution - Oxford University
Notable Prizes- Zoological Society Silver
Medal (1989) Faraday Award (1990) Kistler Prize (2001)
Clinton Richard Dawkins (born March 26, 1941) is a British
ethologist, evolutionary biologist and popular science writer
who holds the Charles Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding
of Science at Oxford University.
Dawkins first came to prominence with his
1976 book The Selfish Gene, which popularised the gene-centric
view of evolution and introduced the term meme into the lexicon,
thereby helping to found the field of memetics.
In 1982, he made a major contribution to
the science of evolution with the theory, presented in his
widely cited book The Extended Phenotype, that phenotypic
effects are not limited to an organism's body but can stretch
far into the environment, including into the bodies of other
He has since written several best-selling
popular books on, and appeared in a number of television and
radio programmes about, evolutionary biology, creationism,
Dawkins is an outspoken atheist, humanist,
and sceptic, and is a prominent member of the Brights movement.
In a play on Thomas Huxley's epithet "Darwin's bulldog", Dawkins'
impassioned defence of evolution has earned him the appellation