Chair in Evolutionary Palaeobiology, Cambridge University
Simon Conway Morris has held the 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. A Fellow of St John's College, and also of the Royal Society, Conway Morris took his first degree at the University of Bristol. His research interests include the study of Burgess Shale-type faunas, the first appearance of skeletons, and the Cambrian explosion. He is active in the Faraday Institute for Science and religion and has lectured there on "Evolution and fine-tuning in Biology". He is published in Nature and Cell, among other peer-reviewed journals, and is the author of two books -- The Crucible of Creation and Life’s Solution: Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe – and was editor of The Deep Structure of Biology. His book Life’s Solution uses convergence – the fact that some biological structures have evolved independently multiple times – to point to a reason for life and the existence of a creator. However, unlike similar arguments by creation scientists, Morris affirms that evolution is true and happens. His interests extend to the science/religion debate and the public understanding of science, the latter including television appearances in the 1996 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, as well as involvement in the National Geographic channel's Alien Worlds.