It was 10 years after he had completed his doctorate, in 1976, that Richard Dawkins garnered the attention of the science community with his first published book, The Selfish Gene. Since then, he has successfully ploughed forward to establish himself as a leading authority in genetics and is well known for his views on evolution and religion.
After all these years, Dawkins clearly has not tired of his work. ‘What The Selfish Gene did was to say that it was really the genes that we need to focus on. In a way all I was doing was changing the way we look at what was already familiar and focusing on the genes as the actors in the drama.’