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Clinton Richard Dawkins was born on 26 March 1941, in Nairobi, Kenya, Africa, of English descent. Richard is a writer and evolutionary biologist, best known for various books on evolution including “The Selfish Gene”. He is also credited with coining the term “meme” and has notably published books with views on religion and creationism. His efforts have helped raise his net worth to where it is now.

How rich is Richard Dawkins? As of early-2016, sources estimate a net worth that is at $135 million, mostly accumulated from various achievements in education, publications, television appearances and documentaries. He’s been well known since the 1970s and his continued work has ensured the rise of his wealth.

Richard Dawkins Net Worth $135 Million

Dawkins was brought up in a family that was very interested in the sciences. He believed creationism until he was shown the theory of evolution which changed his perspective on life. He attended Oundle School and then studied at and graduated from Balliol College, Oxford with a degree in Zoology. There, he continued his studies under the tutelage of Nobel Prize winner Nikolaas Tinbergen, eventually earning his master’s and then his PhD. After school, Richard pursued a teaching career, becoming an assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley. During his time there, he became involved in anti-Vietnam War activities. In 1970, he became a fellow of New College, Oxford, eventually becoming an emeritus fellow. He became well known for his lectures, such as the “Erasmus Darwin Memorial Lecture” and the “Tanner Lectures”. His popularity even gave him the chance to judge events such as the “British Academy Television Awards”.

Aside from his educational career, Dawkins most notable work has been in evolutionary biology, where his main idea is that the gene is the main unit of evolution. He became widely known after publishing “The Selfish Gene” in 1976, which first noted genes as the focus. In 1982 he published another book – “The Extended Phenotype”. Richard’s work has been noted in various publications, though some of them he remains highly critical of, especially when his ideas become misunderstood in the context of other ideas. He released another book entitled “The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution”, which was lined in time with the Darwin bicentennial year. According to him, Darwinism is one of the reasons why he is amazed at the complexity of life.

“The Selfish Gene” is the book in which Richard first used the term “meme”, Dawkins explains it as any cultural entity that may replicate an idea or set of ideas. While he was the first to coin the term, the idea itself was already existent in other publications before his.

Dawkins has been very critical of creationism and religion, writing several books against it and even creating a foundation called the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. The foundation focuses on the research of the psychology of religion and belief. His most popular work against religion is the book “The God Delusion” which was released in 2006. His viewpoints have been both praised and criticised, with some scientists defending his points of view and others saying that Richard’s words are more of a personal assertion than productive criticism.

For his personal life, it is known that Richard has been married three times. His first marriage was to ethologist Marian Stamp which lasted from 1967 to 1984. His second marriage was to Eve Barham in 1984 – they have a daughter, but divorced in 1992, and Dawkins married actress Lalla Ward the same year, who he met at a production of “Doctor Who”. Richard declares himself an atheist and credits Charles Darwin as the reason for his renewed viewpoint on the explanation and complexity of life.

Quick Facts

Birth date: March 26, 1941
Birth place: Nairobi, Kenya
Profession:English ethologist, evolutionary biologist, author
Education:Oundle School, Balliol College, Oxford
Nationality:British
Spouse:Marian Stamp (m. 1967; div. 1984), Eve Barham (m. 1984 (m. 1984), divorsed), Lalla Ward (m. 1992)
Children:Juliet Emma
Awards:Royal Society of Literature award and a Los Angeles Times Literary Prize (1987), Sci. Tech Prize for Best Television Documentary Science Programme, The Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow (2002), Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest (2009), Freedom From Religion Foundation's Honorary Board (2010)
Books:The Enemies of Reason (2007), Genius of Britain (2010), The Blind Watchmaker (1986), The Selfish Gene (1976), The Extended Phenotype (1982), A Devil's Chaplain (2003), The Social Conquest of Earth (2012), “The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution” (2009)
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Richard Dawkins is portrayed in the South Park Episode "Go, God, go XII" as a hero in the future for discovering, through his affair with "Miss" Garrison, that "it's not enough to be an Atheist, you have to be a dick about it to everyone who doesn't agree with you." In real life Richard Dawkins gave a presentation at the National Secular Society Conference in London in 2012, on how to discuss one's atheism with people. He ended his presentation with a slide that read "Don't be a dick".
2Author of "The Blind watchmaker" and other books that often debunk religious ideas and explore evolution.
3He holds the Charles Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford.
4His wife, the former actress Lalla Ward (The Hon. Mrs. Dawkins), is now an illustrator and illustrates his books.


Trademarks

#Trademark
1High pitched voice
2English accent
3Wears neck ties with animal designs on them
4Grey hair, brown eyes, and glasses


Quotes

#Quote
1[on "The Big Debate" with Jonathan Dimbleby] The penalty for apostasy in the Christian religion is not death, there is no penalty for apostasy at all in the Christian religion.
2Well, what if I'm wrong? I mean, anybody could be wrong. We could all be wrong about the Flying Spaghetti Monster and the Pink Unicorn and the Flying Teapot. You happened to have been brought up, I would presume, in the Christian Faith. You know what it's like not to believe in a particular Faith because you're not a Muslim, you're not a Hindu. Why aren't you a Hindu? Because you happened to have been brought up in America, not in India. If you'd been brought up in India, you'd be a Hindu. If you were brought up in Denmark in the time of the Vikings, you'd be believing in Wotan and Thor. If you were brought up in Classical Greece, you'd be believing in Zeus. If you were brought up in Central Africa, you'd be believing in the Great Ju-Ju up the Mountain. There's no particular reason to pick on the Judeo-Christian God, in which by the sheerest accident you happen to have been brought up, and ask me the question "What if I'm wrong?". What if you're wrong about the Great Ju-Ju at the Bottom of the Sea? [Thunderous applause]
3[on the belief in a God] There 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.
4'A' believes in fairies. 'B' believes in winged horses. Criticise 'A' and you're rational. Criticise 'B' and you're a bigoted racist Islamophobe.
5Mehdi Hasan admits to believing Muhammad flew to heaven on a winged horse. And New Statesman sees fit to print him as a serious journalist.
6Religion is about turning untested belief into unshakable truth through the power of institutions and the passage of time.
7Dirk 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.
8I'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.
9[Refuting Paley's "Watchmaker Analogy", which is often used as a defense of Creationism] Of all the trillions of trillions of ways of putting together the parts of a body, only an infinitesimal minority would live, seek food, eat, and reproduce. True, there are many different ways of being alive - at least ten million different ways if we count the number of distinct species alive today - but, however many ways there may be of being alive, it is certain that there are vastly more ways of being dead! We can safely conclude that living bodies are billions of times too complicated - too statistically improbable - to have come into being by sheer chance. How, then, did they come into being? The answer is that chance enters into the story, but not a single, monolithic act of chance. Instead, a whole series of tiny chance steps, each one small enough to be a believable product of its predecessor, occurred one after the other in sequence. These small steps of chance are caused by genetic mutations, random changes - mistakes really - in the genetic material. They give rise to changes in the existing bodily structure.
10I shall argue that a predominant quality to be expected in a successful gene is ruthless selfishness. This gene selfishness will usually give rise to selfishness in individual behavior. However, as we shall see, there are special circumstances in which a gene can achieve its own selfish goals best by fostering a limited form of altruism at the level of individual animals. 'Special' and 'limited' are important words in the last sentence. Much as we might wish to believe otherwise, universal love and the welfare of the species as a whole are concepts that simply do not make evolutionary sense. This brings me to the first point I want to make about what [The Selfish Gene] is not. I am not advocating a morality based on evolution. I am saying how things have evolved. I am not saying how we humans morally ought to behave. I stress this, because I know I am in danger of being misunderstood by those people, all too numerous, who cannot distinguish a statement of belief in what is the case from an advocacy of what ought to be the case. My own feeling is that a human society based simply on the gene's law of universal ruthless selfishness would be a very nasty society in which to live. But unfortunately, however much we may deplore something, it does not stop it being true. This book is mainly intended to be interesting, but if you would extract a moral from it, read it as a warning. Be warned that if you wish, as I do, to build a society in which individuals cooperate generously and unselfishly towards a common good, you can expect little help from biological nature. Let us try to teach generosity and altruism, because we are born selfish. Let us understand what our own selfish genes are up to, because we may then at least have the chance to upset their designs, something that no other species has ever aspired to.


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Filmography

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Faith School Menace?2010TV Movie documentary writer
The Genius of Charles Darwin2008TV Series documentary writer
Discussions with Richard Dawkins, Episode 1: The Four Horsemen2008Video documentary writer
The Enemies of Reason2007TV Movie documentary
Root of All Evil?2006TV Movie documentary writer

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Synonymy2014Video GameNarrator
The Simpsons2013TV SeriesRichard Dawkins
The Future Is Now!2011The Scientist
Doctor Who2008TV SeriesRichard Dawkins

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Discussions with Richard Dawkins, Episode 1: The Four Horsemen2008Video documentary producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
SimLife1992Video Game inspirational thanks - as Dr. Richard Dawkins

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
StarTalk2015TV SeriesHimself
Newsnight2015TV SeriesHimself
Breath of Life2014DocumentaryHimself
McKenna2014TV SeriesHimself
Real Time with Bill Maher2008-2013TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Author, 'An Appetite for Wonder'
The Daily Show2013TV SeriesHimself
Speciesism: The Movie2013DocumentaryHimself
The Hour2013TV SeriesHimself
The Agenda with Steve Paikin2013TV SeriesHimself
The Morning Show2013TV SeriesHimself
The Unbelievers2013DocumentaryHimself
Saturn's Embrace2012DocumentaryHimself
Dawkins: Sex, Death and the Meaning of Life2012TV SeriesHimself - Presenter
Skavlan2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
A Virus Called Fear2012Documentary shortHimself
Q&A2010-2012TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
Making Magic Happen2012DocumentaryHimself - Scientist
The Big Questions2007-2012TV SeriesHimself
The O'Reilly Factor2011TV SeriesHimself
Kreuz & Quer2011TV Series documentaryHimself - Evolutionsbiologe
Great Thinkers: In Their Own Words2011TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Godless2011TV Series documentary
The Reality of Me (TROM)2011DocumentaryHimself
The Nature of Existence Companion Series2011Video documentaryHimself
The Nature of Existence2010Documentary
Faith School Menace?2010TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
Genius of Britain: The Scientists Who Changed the World2010TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
Nerdstock: Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People2010TV MovieHimself
In Confidence2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Sex, Drugs & Religion2010DocumentaryHimself
The Late Late Show2009TV SeriesHimself
The Review Show2009TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
Dawkins vs Lennox: Has Science Buried God?2009Video documentaryHimself
Christianity: A History2009TV Series documentaryHimself - Author 'The God Delusion'
Horizon1986-2008TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - University of Oxford / Himself - Presenter
The Genius of Charles Darwin2008TV Series documentaryRichard Dawkins
Elders2008TV Series documentary
Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed2008DocumentaryHimself
Discussions with Richard Dawkins, Episode 1: The Four Horsemen2008Video documentaryHimself
Hitchens vs Lennox: Can Atheism Save Europe?2008Video documentaryHimself - audience member
The God Delusion Debate2007Video documentaryHimself (as Professor Richard Dawkins)
Die Johannes B. Kerner Show2007TV SeriesHimself
The Late Edition2007TV SeriesHimself
The Enemies of Reason2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
HARDtalk2007TV SeriesHimself
TEDTalks2006-2007TV SeriesHimself
The Trouble with Atheism2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Colbert Report2006TV SeriesHimself
Jonathan Dimbleby2006TV SeriesHimself
Root of All Evil?2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Tsunami: Where Was God?2005TV Movie documentaryHimself - University of Oxford
Charlie Rose2005TV SeriesHimself
The Al Franken Show2005TV SeriesHimself
Miracle Planet2005TV Series documentaryHimself - Oxford University
Now2004TV Series documentaryHimself
The Atheism Tapes2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Brief History of Disbelief2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Biologist
Double Helix: The DNA Years2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Three Tales2002Himself
Understanding2002TV SeriesHimself - Author
The Richard Dimbleby Lecture1996TV Series documentaryHimself
The Brains Trust1996TV SeriesHimself
The South Bank Show1992TV Series documentaryHimself
The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures1991-1992TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
Growing Up in the Universe1991TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Host

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Drunken Peasants2014TV SeriesHimself
Creation Today2014TV SeriesHimself
Creation and the Last Days2014VideoHimself (uncredited)
The Comfort Zone2013TV SeriesHimself
The O'Reilly Factor2012-2013TV SeriesHimself
Lawrence Leung's Unbelievable2011TV SeriesHimself
All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace2011TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The End of God? A Horizon Guide to Science and Religion2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Evidence of God with Eric Hovind2010TV Mini-SeriesHimself
The Bible: A History2010TV Series documentaryHimself
The Trap: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom2007TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself (as Professor Richard Dawkins)

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