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Dawkins, Richard

(Clinton Richard Dawkins), 1941– British evolutionary biologist and ethologist, b. Kenya, Ph.D. Oxford, 1966. He was a research assistant under Nikolaas TinbergenTinbergen, Jan
, 1903–94, Dutch economist, co-winner with Ragnar Frisch of the first Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (1969). A graduate of Leiden Univ. (1929), he worked (1929–45) with the Dutch government's Central Bureau of Statistics, and was briefly an
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 at Oxford until 1967, then was an assistant professor of biology at the Univ. of California, Berkeley, until 1969, when he returned to Oxford as a reader in zoology. A fellow of New College, Oxford (1970–), he was Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science from 1995 to 2008. Dawkins, an avowed atheist and critic of religion and especially of creationismcreationism
or creation science,
belief in the biblical account of the creation of the world as described in Genesis, a characteristic especially of fundamentalist Protestantism (see fundamentalism). Advocates of creationism have campaigned to have it taught in U.S.
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, has promoted the idea of gene selection as the primary force in evolution. He also introduced the concept of the meme as an element of cultural behavior, idea, or thought pattern that is passed from one individual to another within a society like a gene within a species, permitting the study of cultural evolution in Darwinian terms. In 2006 he founded the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. His numerous writings include The Selfish Gene (1976), The Extended Phenotype (1982), The Blind Watchmaker (1986), The God Delusion (2006), and a children's book, The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True (2011). He also has made a number of documentary films.


See his memoir (2013) and autobiography (2015); study by A. Grafen and M. Ridley, ed. (2007).

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