Richard Dawkins 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. He book ‘The Selfish Gene’, popularised the gene-centered view of evolution. In 1982, he made a widely cited contribution to the science of evolution with his book ‘The Extended Phenotype’. He has since written several best-selling books.
Dawkins has edited a number of journals and has acted as editorial advisor for several publications, including ‘Encarta Encyclopedia’ and the ‘Encyclopedia of Evolution’. He writes a column for the Council for Secular Humanism’s ‘Free Inquiry’ magazine and serves as a senior editor. He has won numerous awards, including the Royal Society of Literature Award, Zoological Society of London Silver Medal, and the Humanist of the Year Award.