Richard Dawkins is an English evolutionary biologist, ethologist, and author.
Richard Dawkins Net Worth
The net worth of Richard Dawkins is about $10 million. He earned his fortune from his career in science, book sales, and television and film appearances.
He has appeared in many documentaries including “Nice Guys Finish First,” “The Blind Watchmaker,” “Growing Up in the Universe,” “Break the Science Barrier,” “The Genius of Charles Darwin,” “Beautiful Minds,” and “Sex, Death and the Meaning of Life.”
He also wrote several books such as “The Selfish Gene,” “The Extended Phenotype,” “The Blind Watchmaker,” “Climbing Mount Improbable,” “The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution,” “An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist,” and “Science in the Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist.”
Dawkins has his own foundation called the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science (RDFRS) which aims to promote scientific literacy and a secular worldview. He believes that science is one of the highest and most aesthetically rewarding achievements.
Richard Dawkins was born Clinton Richard Dawkins on March 26, 1941, in Nairobi, Kenya. His parents are Jean Mary Vyvyan and Clinton John Dawkins. He was born in Kenya because his father was called up into the King’s African Rifles during World War II. He has a younger sister named Sarah.
When he was eight, his family returned to England. He attended the Chafyn Grove School, in Wiltshire and after he entered the Oundle School, where he was in Laundimer House. In 1962, Dawkins graduated with second-class honors from Balliol College, Oxford where he studied Zoology. By 1966, he obtained his PhD.
During his time at Oxford, he was tutored by Nikolaas Tinbergen, a Nobel Prize-winning ethologist. His research focused on animal behavior, instinct, learning, and choice. Oxford awarded Dawkins a Doctor of Science in 1989.
Richard Dawkins was an assistant professor of zoology at the University of California, Berkeley from 1967 to 1969. In 1970, he returned to Oxford as a lecturer and in 1990, he became a reader in zoology. He also became the first Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford in 1995 until 2008 when he retired from professorship.
Since 1970, he has been a fellow of New College, Oxford, and currently he is an emeritus fellow. Dawkins has given many lectures and edited several journals. In 2011, he joined the faculty of the New College of the Humanities in London established by A. C. Grayling.
He is best known for his book “The Selfish Gene” which he wrote in 1976. The book’s main point is “all life evolves by the differential survival of replicating entities.”
He is a contributor to the online science and culture digest called “3 Quarks Daily.”
Richard Dawkins is a very outspoken critic of criticism and the belief that the universe is created by some kind of God. He is also an atheist and identifies as a feminist.
He has several honorary doctorates in Science from prestigious universities like University of Huddersfield, Durham University, University of Westminster, the University of Antwerp, the University of Hull, and University of Aberdeen.
Richard Dawkins Relationship Status
Richard Dawkins’ first marriage was to a fellow ethologist Marian Stamp. They were married from 1967 to 1984.
His next marriage was to Eve Barham. They had a daughter, Juliet Emma Dawkins.
In 1992, he married actress Lalla Ward. The couple separated in 2016.