Professor Richard Dawkins is the founder of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, Honorary Vice President of Humanists UK, and is well known for his criticism of creationism and intelligent design.
From 1995 to 2008 he held the Charles Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University, and is a Fellow of New College, Oxford, Retired.
He is an internationally recognised best-selling author, with titles including The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, River Out of Eden, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, The Ancestor’s Tale, The God Delusion, The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, and The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True.
He is a Fellow of both the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Literature. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the 1987 Royal Society of Literature Award, the 1990 Michael Faraday Award of the Royal Society, the 1994 Nakayama Prize, the 1997 International Cosmos Prize for Achievement in Human Science, the Kistler Prize in 2001, the Shakespeare Prize in 2005, the 2006 Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science, and he was named Author of the Year at the 2007 Galaxy British book Awards.
While often controversial, his talks are always thought-provoking, and his body of work has inspired countless atheists, secularists and humanists around the globe.
Richard last presented in Australia in 2014, at the Atheist Foundation of Australia's Richard Dawkins: An Appetite for Wonder tour.