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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 26 March 1941Nairobi, Kenya
Birth NameClinton Richard Dawkins
Nicknames Darwin's Rottweiler
Dr Why
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Richard Dawkins was born on March 26, 1941 in Nairobi, Kenya as Clinton Richard Dawkins. He is a writer and actor, known for Nerdstock: Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People (2010), Root of All Evil? (2006) and Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed (2008). He has been married to Lalla Ward since 1992. He was previously married to Eve Barham and Marian Stamp.

Spouse (3)

Lalla Ward (1992 - present)
Eve Barham (1 June 1984 - ?) (divorced) (1 child)
Marian Stamp (19 August 1967 - 1984) (divorced)

Trivia (3)

His wife, the former actress Lalla Ward (The Hon. Mrs. Dawkins), is now an illustrator and illustrates his books.
He holds the Charles Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford.
Author of "The Blind watchmaker" and other books that often debunk religious ideas and explore evolution.

Personal Quotes (8)

Universal love and welfare of the species as a whole are concepts which simply do not make evolutionary sense.
However many ways there may be of being alive, it is certain that there are vastly more ways of being dead.
I've always thought of Douglas (Douglas Adams) more as a writer of "science comedy", comedy of a sophisticated, scientific kind, than as a writer of science fiction. I'm not an aficionado of science fiction, although the genre has some value in teaching science and stretching the scientific imagination. But so many of Douglas's jokes are scientific jokes, and you don't get them unless you know the science. The first thing you notice about his writing is the verbal repartee. When I read Dirk Gently, every sentence had me laughing. It's fascinating, because it's a mixture of science fiction, comedy, ghost story, detective story, even a certain amount of literary scholarship. Douglas read English Literature at Cambridge and the set-piece about academic life in Dirk Gently is gorgeous.
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency was the only book I've ever read where I turned back to page one and read it all the way through again. I felt there was so much more I could get out of it.
Religion is about turning untested belief into unshakable truth through the power of institutions and the passage of time.
Mehdi Hasan admits to believing Muhammad flew to heaven on a winged horse. And New Statesman sees fit to print him as a serious journalist.
'A' believes in fairies. 'B' believes in winged horses. Criticise 'A' and you're rational. Criticise 'B' and you're a bigoted racist Islamophobe.
[on the belief in a God] Thers are all sorts of things we can't be sure of - we can't be sure there are no leprechauns and fairies. Science in the future is going to be revealing all sorts of things which we have no idea of at present, but it's extremely unlikely that it would happen to home in on an idea from a Bronze Age tribe in the desert.

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