Simon Conway Morris has held an ad hominem Chair (in Evolutionary Palaeobiology) in the Earth Sciences Department in Cambridge University since 1995, with a particular research interest in the early evolution of the metazoans. He was originally elected a fellow at St John’s College Cambridge in 1975 (re-elected in 1987), during the latter stages of his PhD and having taken a first class honours degree in Geology from Bristol University. After a stint in the Open University, his initial appointment to the Earth Sciences department was as a lecturer in 1983. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1990. In 1992, Simon Conway Morris was the Selby Visiting Fellow at the Australian Academy of Sciences. In 2000 he gave both the Tarner Lectures for Trinity College and was the Marker Lecturer at Penn State University. He has received numerous awards and medals including, in 1998, the Lyell Medal of the Geological Society of London. He has also appeared on TV and Radio, including the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures for the BBC in 1996.

Prof. Conway Morris’ publications include:

  • Numerous articles in journals, including  Nature and Science .
  • The Crucible of Creation first published in 1997 by Kodansha in Japan, and by Oxford University Press in 1998.
  • Life’s Solution: Inevitable humans in a Lonely Universe, 2003; Cambridge University Press.
  • The Runes of Evolution: How the Universe became self-aware, 2015; Templeton Press.

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