Richard Dawkins is an ethologist who has been conferred with many honors in his career. He is also an author and evolutionary biologist. The English author has written many books and has been a subject of many criticisms. He is the founder of Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. He has also appeared in many documentary films and has done movies. Now let’s have a closer look at the net worth of Richard Dawkins in 2020.
Early Life & Biography
Clinton Richard Dawkins was born in March 1941, in Nairobi, British Kenya. His parents were Clinton John Dawkins and Jean Mary Vyvyan. His father was an agricultural servant, and he has also got a younger sister. His parents were dedicated to natural sciences which led him to become more passionate about science.
He first went to Northamptonshire’s Oundle School. He then went to Oxford’s Balliol College to study zoology. In there, he was tutored by Nikolaas Tinbergen. Later, Dawkins did his Masters of Arts followed by Doctor of Philosophy. His research subject was concerned with the decision making of animals.
In 1967, Richard Dawkins got married to Marian Stamp, who was also an ethologist. They divorced in 1984. That same year, he got married to Eve Barham. However, the couple soon parted ways. In 1992, he got married for the third time to actress Lalla Ward. The couple divorced in 2016. He has got a daughter named Juliet Emma Dawkins from his second marriage to Barham. He is an atheist and supports humanistic organizations.
Career, Award & Nominations
In 1967, Richard Dawkins was hired in the University of California, Berkeley as zoology’s assistant professor. In there, he was involved in the anti-war activities. He served there till 1969. The following year, he became a lecturer in the University of Oxford. He was Oxford’s Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science from 1995 till 2008. He has also delivered lectures in many places and has been on the judging panel of several awards.
As a writer, Dawkins first released the book ‘The Selfish Gene’ in 1976. This was followed by the book ‘The Extended Phenotype’ in 1982. His other books were ‘The Blind Watchmaker’, ‘River Out of Eden’, ‘Climbing Mount Improbable’, and ‘Unweaving a Rainbow’. He has also penned many books in the 21st century including ‘The Ancestor’s Tale’, ‘A Devil’s Chaplain’, ‘The Magic of Reality’, and ‘Science in the Soul’.
He has also appeared in many documentary films like ‘Nice Guys Finish First’, ‘The Atheism Tapes’, ‘The Root of All Evil?’, ‘Faith School Menace?’, ‘Beautiful Minds’, ‘Break the Science Barrier’, ‘The Unbelievers’, and ‘The Enemies of Reason’. In 1987, he was conferred with the Royal Society of Literature Award. Dawkins has also received other awards like Michael Faraday Award, Medal of Presidency of the Italian Republic, Nierenberg Prize, Shakespeare Prize, and ZSL Silver Medal. He has also received several honorary doctorates and degrees from several universities.
Net Worth & Earnings
How much net worth would a person have who has been bestowed with a number of honors in his career? He has dedicated his entire life to science and has written many books on the subject. The ethologist has got a net worth of over $11 million. He has also been a teacher and taught in top universities in the world. He is the founder of the word “meme” and is also the founder of ‘Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science’.
Richard Dawkins is a very influential person. He has won several awards and has been a prominent person across the world. However, he has been a subject of criticisms due to his belief in atheism. He has also been criticised for “creationism”.