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Stephen Jones

AKA John Stephen Jones

Born: 24-Mar-1944
Birthplace: Aberystwyth, Wales

Gender: Male
Religion: Anglican/Episcopalian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Biologist

Nationality: Wales
Executive summary: Geneticist and pop science writer

Stephen Jones has conducted extensive research in genetics, focusing on the fruit flies and snails. He is best known for his explanations of science in plain English, including a long-running column on science in London's Telegraph, a BBC radio series, and his best-selling update of Charles Darwin's theory, Almost Like a Whale. He has said that he had no particular interest in genetics and less in snails until he was assigned to write an essay on the subject in college, and, he adds, "I'm still writing it".

    University: BS, University of Edinburgh (1966)
    University: PhD, University of Edinburgh (1971)
    Teacher: University of California (1971-76)
    Teacher: Genetics, University College London (1976-78)
    Professor: Genetics, University College London (1978-2006)

    Faraday Prize 1996
    The London Daily Telegraph
    British Humanist Association
    National Secular Society

Author of books:
Genetics for Beginners (1991, with Borin Van Loon)
The Language of the Genes (1993)
In the Blood (1995)
Almost Like a Whale (US title: Darwin’s Ghost) (1999)
Y: The Descent of Men (2003)
The Single Helix (2005)
Coral: A Pessimist in Paradise (2007)

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