Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins


Richard Dawkins is an English ethologist, evolutionary biologist, and author born on 26 March 1961, In Nairobi, Kenya.

Family Background:

He is born to Clinton John Dawkins and Jean Mary Vyvyan Ladner. His father had been an agricultural civil servant in the British Colonial Service in Kenya.

Personal Life:

He has been married three times. In 1967, He married ethologist Marian Stamp and had divorced in 1984. After divorced, he married Eve Barham and had a daughter with her. In 1992, He married Lalla Ward.


From 1954 to 1959, He had gone Oundle School in Northamptonshire. After he had gone to the Balliol College, Oxford, where he had studied about Zoology and graduate in 1962. In 1966, He received the D.Phil degree.


In 1967, He had been appointed as an assistant professor of zoology at the University of California, Berkeley and held that post till 1969. While there He had become heavily engaged in the anti-war demonstrations and activities. In 1970, He became a lecturer at the University of Oxford. Some years later He had published his book, ‘The Selfish Gene’ in 1976, a book on evolution which builds upon the principal theory of George C. Williams’ first book ‘Adaptation and Natural Selection’. He had stated that genes use the bodies of living organisms to further their own survival. In 1982, He published his book ‘The Extended Phenotype’ in which He had describes the biological concept of the same name. In 1990, He found the post of a reader in zoology at the University of Oxford. In 1995, He had been appointed Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford a position that had been founded by Charles Simonyi with the special request that Richard Dawkins be its first holder. In 2006, He had established the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. This foundation is a non-profit science education institution and which plans to finance a study on religion and belief, finance experimental education programs and elements, and support charitable institutions that are secular in nature.

Richard Dawkins

Unknown Facts:

  • Clinton Richard Dawkins is his real name.
  • He had been an anti-Vietnam war demonstrator during his time at UC Berkeley.

Master Stroke:

  • He had indicated the role of the gene in evolution and developed the new discipline of genetic etiology.

Awards and Achievements:

  • In 1987, He won the Royal Society of Literature award.
  • In 1987, He received the Los Angeles Times Literary Prize for his book ‘The Blind Watchmaker’.
  • In 1989, He honored with the Zoological Society of London’s Silver Medal.
  • In 2006, He won the Lewis Thomas Prize.
  • In 2007, He received the Galaxy British Book Awards’ Author of the Year Award.

What can we learn from Him??

Like Richard Dawkins, Humble with others. Give respect to everyone.

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