Richard Dawkins was born in Nairobi in 1941 and educated at Oxford
University. He has taught zoology at the universities of California and Oxford.
In 1995 he became the first holder of the newly endowed Charles Simonyi Chair of
Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. His previous bestsellers
include The Selfish Gene (1976; second edition 1989), The Blind Watchmaker
(1986), and River Out of Eden (1995).
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