Boyle Lecture 2005

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darwin's compass: how evolution discovers the song of creation

lecturer: professor simon conway morris frs

Simon Conway Morris is Professor of Evolutionary Paleobiology in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society aged 39, and was awarded the Walcot Medal of the National Academy of Sciences in 1987, and the Lyell Medal of the Geological Society of London in 1998.

Professor Conway Morris made his reputation with a very detailed and careful study of the Burgess Shale Fossils, and exploit celebrated in Stephen Jay Gould's Wonderful Life - though Conway Morris' own book on the subject, The Crucible of Creation, is somewhat critical of Gould's presentation and interpretation.

responder: the revd professor keith ward fba

The Revd Professor Keith Ward is a fellow of the British Academy and was a Canon of Christ Church, Oxford until 2003. He graduated in 1962 with a BA from the University of Wales.

Having held posts at Oxford, St Andrews, London and Cambridge he was appointed F. D. Maurice Professor of Moral and Social Theology at the University of London in 1982, Professor of History and Philosophy of Religion at King's College, London in 1985, and Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford in 1991, a post from which he retired in 2004. He is currently Gresham Professor of Divinity.