23 Facts About Richard Dawkins

1. Richard Dawkins met her through their mutual friend Douglas Adams, who had worked with her on the BBC's Doctor Who.

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2. Richard Dawkins won the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science for 2006, as well as the Galaxy British Book Awards's Author of the Year Award for 2007.

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3. Richard Dawkins topped Prospect magazine's 2004 list of the top 100 public British intellectuals, as decided by the readers, receiving twice as many votes as the runner-up.

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4. Richard Dawkins was awarded the Deschner Award, named after German anti-clerical author Karlheinz Deschner.

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5. Richard Dawkins is one of the patrons of the Oxford University Scientific Society.

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6. Richard Dawkins holds honorary doctorates of letters from the University of St Andrews and the Australian National University, and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1997 and a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2001.

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7. Richard Dawkins was awarded a Doctor of Science degree by the University of Oxford in 1989.

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8. Richard Dawkins worked along side Welsh Musician Jayce Lewis contributing a recorded spoken word for the track 'Exhale' from his 1998 book Unweaving the Rainbow to the Welshmans 3rd full length album 'Million'.

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9. Richard Dawkins has voiced his support for the Campaign for the Establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, an organisation that campaigns for democratic reform in the United Nations, and the creation of a more accountable international political system.

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10. Richard Dawkins has described himself as a Labour voter in the 1970s and voter for the Liberal Democrats since the party's creation.

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11. Richard Dawkins is a supporter of Republic's campaign to replace the British monarchy with a democratically elected president.

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12. Richard Dawkins regularly comments in newspapers and blogs on contemporary political questions and is a frequent contributor to the online science and culture digest 3 Quarks Daily.

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13. Richard Dawkins supported the UK's first atheist advertising initiative, the Atheist Bus Campaign in 2008, which aimed to raise funds to place atheist advertisements on buses in the London area.

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14. Richard Dawkins is an outspoken atheist and a supporter of various atheist, secular, and humanistic organisations, including Humanists UK and the Brights movement.

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15. Richard Dawkins plans to subsidise schools through the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science with the delivery of books, DVDs, and pamphlets that counteract their work.

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16. Richard Dawkins has described the Young Earth creationist view that the Earth is only a few thousand years old as "a preposterous, mind-shrinking falsehood".

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17. Richard Dawkins has risen to prominence in public debates concerning science and religion since the publication of his most popular book, The God Delusion, in 2006, which became an international best seller.

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18. Richard Dawkins was confirmed into the Church of England at the age of 13, but began to grow sceptical of the beliefs.

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19. Richard Dawkins has edited several journals, and has acted as editorial advisor to the Encarta Encyclopedia and the Encyclopedia of Evolution.

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20. Richard Dawkins studied zoology at Balliol College, Oxford, graduating in 1962; while there, he was tutored by Nobel Prize-winning ethologist Nikolaas Tinbergen.

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21. Richard Dawkins was born in Nairobi, then in British Kenya, on 26 March 1941.

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22. Richard Dawkins is well known for his criticism of creationism and intelligent design.

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23. Richard Dawkins is an emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford, and was the University of Oxford's Professor for Public Understanding of Science from 1995 until 2008.

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