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Richard Fortey

AKA Richard Allen Fortey

Born: 1946
Birthplace: London, England

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Paleontologist, Artist

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Trilobites and graptolites

Paleontologist Richard Fortey specializes in trilobites (extinct, fossilized crustaceans with bodies divided by two furrows into three parts) and graptolites (marine animals that lived in colonies). He has written several books explaining his field to the lay reader, including Life: An Unauthorized Biography, which broadly covers the entire scope of paleontology from the first cell to modern humans, and Dry Store Room No.1, a behind-the-scenes look at the Natural History Museum where Fortey spent more than thirty years.

Wife: (three children)

    University: BS Geology, Cambridge University (1968)
    University: PhD Geology, Cambridge University (1971)

    Linnean Medal 2006 (with David J. Mabberley)
    Faraday Prize 2006
    Geological Society of London President (2006-08)
    Natural History Museum (London) to Senior Palaeontologist (1971-2006)
    Royal Society 1997

Author of books:
Rocks and Minerals (1979)
The Hidden Landscape:A Journey into the Geological Past (1993)
Life: An Unauthorized Biography (1997)
Arthropod Relationships (1998, with Richard H. Thomas)
Trilobite!: Eyewitness to Evolution (2000)
Fossils: The Key to the Past (2002)
Shape of the World (2002)
Earth: An Intimate History (2004)
Dry Store Room No.1:The Secret Life of the Natural HIstory Museum (2008)


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