24 June 2004
Who are Britain's top public intellectuals?
The basic qualification we used was distinction in a field of intellectual or cultural endeavour coupled with an ability to communicate well to generalist audiences through the written or spoken word... The emphasis must lie on a sliding scale between their 'public' and 'intellectual' roles.
Richard Dawkins' homepage at Oxford University
I have no official web site. John Catalano has an excellent unofficial one which does everything I could possibly do if I had a site of my own, and much more. It is located at: http://www.world-of-dawkins.com/
Quite apart from material connected with me and my books, his pages are a superb resource on all kinds of scientific matters.
Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science,
See also: David Herman's assessment of Britain's intellectual atmosphere
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Prospect has reported back on Britain's top intellectuals. I got four out of five. The only one who didn't sneak in was John Kay and I guess I was just mesmerised by his ascendancy to an Oxford fellowship age 20. [Read More]
Tracked on 21 Jul 2004 15:28:46
The thing I love most about Richard Dawkins’s almost not a home page is the fact that his head shot seems to have been taken by Romana from Dr Who. I say ‘seems to’ because I assumed there could be more than one Lalla Ward in the world. And there certainly could be, but it seems the same Lalla Ward (or, The Honourable Lady Sarah Ward, to use her full, titled name) who took over the role of Romana (or ‘Romanadvoratrelundar’, if you’re hardcore) from Mary Tamm, and was, for a time, married to Tom Baker, is now married to Richard Dawkins. So it’s probably a fair assumption (albeit not necessarily a scientifically vigorous one) to make that Romana is indeed responsible for the photo of Richard Dawkins.
Amazing what you learn when you follow a hyperlink from someone's blog!
Posted by: Dom at 25 Jun 2004 00:30:10
Further urban legend holds that Richard met his wife at a party hosted by the late Douglas Adams.
Cool of you Foe that Dawkins is so high on your list. He is literally the one living person I hold in absolute intellectual awe.
Posted by: Bryan at 25 Jun 2004 05:04:26