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Prof. Simon Conway Morris

Professor Simon Conway Morris is a palaeobiologist (someone who studies fossils and their origin, growth and structure). His most recent research is on the evolution of characteristics or structures, such as the eye, which have emerged independently in different organisms (convergent evolution). He often speaks on the philosophical implications of these patterns in the history of evolution, and he has written two books looking at the science of convergent evolution and what it means for us.

Simon was brought up in London and studied at Bristol and then Cambridge University. He has held various academic and research positions at Cambridge and the Open University, and he was elected to a chair in Evolutionary Palaeobiology at Cambridge University in 1995. He is married to Zoë, and they have two children. If undisturbed, he can usually be found reading G.K. Chesterton, with a
glass of wine nearby.