Professor Richard Dawkins FRS

Richard Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist and expert in animal behaviour. Richard is well known for his ability to communicate concepts from his research and beyond to a non-specialist audience. Thus he has been a key figure in raising public understanding of science. He is also renowned for his views on removing religion from science education and public policy.

The crux of Richard’s communication involves presenting gene-centred concepts that explain the process of animal evolution in a gripping way. He strongly promotes the theory of survival of the fittest and that our behavior is preprogrammed within our DNA. He is a strong critic of creationism and regularly appears in the media expressing his views.

Richard is a prominent scientist, having published bestselling books on genetics and evolution, including The Selfish Gene (1976), The Blind Watchmaker (1986) — with the latter winning a number of awards. He set up the Richard Dawkins Foundation in 2006 to promote the cause of removing religion from science.

Subject groups

  • Organismal biology, evolution and ecology

    Evolution, Ethology, Biological modelling

  • Other

    Public understanding of science


  • International Cosmos Prize

    No citation available for this award.

  • Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture

    For his written, broadcast and public presentations which are accessible, imaginative and enjoyed by large audiences.

Professor Richard Dawkins FRS
Elected 2001