Last updated on: 2/6/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

Richard Dawkins, DPhil, DSc Biography

Title:
Former Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford and author of The God Delusion
Position:
Con to the question "Should Churches (Including Mosques, Synagogues, etc.) Remain Tax-Exempt?"
Reasoning:

“[C]hurches [being] automatically classified as charities for taxation purposes is a disgrace. Nobody denies that some churches do charitable work. But that doesn’t mean that any organization should automatically qualify for tax-free status simply by calling itself a church. Each church organization separately should make the case that it does charitable work, just as anybody else has to when seeking tax exemption.”

“Don’t Need God to Be Good … or Generous,” Washington Post, July 6, 2012

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to churches and taxes. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the churches and taxes issue.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder, Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science
  • Vice-President, British Humanist Association
  • Fellow of the Royal Society
  • Emeritus Fellow, New College, University of Oxford
  • Old Member and Honorary Fellow, Balliol College, University of Oxford
  • Senior Editor and columnist, Free Inquiry
  • Member, Editorial Board, Skeptic Magazine
  • Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science, University of Oxford, 1995-2008
  • Recipient, Kistler Prize, (2001), Medal of the Presidency of the Italian Republic, Rimini, Italy (2001), International Cosmos Prize, Osaka, Japan (1997), Humanist of the Year Award (1996), Zoological Society of London Silver Medal (1989), Los Angeles Times Literary Prize for The Blind Watchmaker (1987), and many other honors
  • Ad hominem Reader in Zoology, University of Oxford, 1990-1995
  • Lecturer in Zoology and Fellow of New College, University of Oxford, 1970-1990
  • European Editor, Animal Behaviour, 1974-1978
  • European Editor, Animal Behaviour Monographs, 1972-1973
  • Senior Research Officer, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, 1969-1970
  • Assistant Professor of Zoology, University of California at Berkeley, 1967-1969
  • Research Assistant to Professor N. Tinbergen, 1965-1967
Education:
  • DSc, University of Oxford, 1989
  • DPhil, Zoology, University of Oxford, 1966
  • MA, Zoology, Balliol College, University of Oxford, 1966
  • BA, Zoology, Balliol College, University of Oxford, 1962
  • Attended Oundle School, England
Contact Info:
Phone
719-351-6324 (Richard Dawkins Foundation donations line)
Email
contact@richarddawkins.net
Website
Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science
Other:
  • Full name is Clinton Richard Dawkins
  • Speaker, TED Conference, Feb. 2002 and July 2005
  • Speaker, Open Day Keynote Symposium, CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research, home of the Large Hadron Collider), Oct. 15, 2004
  • Board of Advisors, TIME magazine Future of Life Summit, 2003
  • Endowed the Dawkins Prize, Balliol College, University of Oxford, 2001
  • Honorary Chairman, Science Engineering Technology (SET)
    Committee, University of Oxford, 1996
  • Author, Blind Watchmaker (application for Apple
    Macintosh computers), 1987
  • Presenter, BBC Horizon: The Blind Watchmaker, 1986 (winner of
    the Sci Tech Prize for Best Science Programme of the Year, 1987)
  • Council Member, Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour, 1972-1979
  • Married three times, currently to actress Lalla Ward (1992), whom he met at the 40th birthday party of Douglas Adams (author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)
  • Has one daughter from his second marriage, Juliet Emma Dawkins
  • Born in Nairobi, Kenya on Mar. 26, 1941
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should Churches (Including Mosques, Synagogues, etc.) Remain Tax-Exempt?