Simon Conway Morris, PhD

Simon Conway Morris, PhD

Simon Conway Morris is professor of evolutionary palaeobiology in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge. Dr. Morris received his PhD in 1976 from the University of Cambridge. In 1979 he was appointed lecturer in the Department of Earth Sciences at Open University. Four years later Dr Morris was appointed lecturer in the Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Cambridge. He was appointed reader in evolutionary palaeobiology in 1991; in 1995 he was elected to an ad hominem chair in evolutionary palaeobiology at the University of Cambridge.

Author of numerous articles published in prestigious journals such as Nature Science and Cell he has also given many lectures and appeared on television and radio including presenting the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures for the BBC in 1996. Dr Morris has written two books: The Crucible of Creation: The Burgess Shale and the Rise of Animals (1998) and Life?s Solutions: Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe (2003). Since 2005 Dr. Morris has been involved in the Cambridge-Templeton Consortium, a $5.5 million project funded by the John Templeton Foundation to encourage scientific research relevant to the continuing debate over the purpose of emerging biological complexity.

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