- Richard Fortey
Richard A. Fortey FRS (born 1946 in
London) is a British paleontologistand writer.
Richard Fortey studied Geology at the
University of Cambridgeand had a long career as a paleontologist at the Natural History Museumin London. [ [http://www.geo365.no/news/Richard_Fortey/] ] Prof. Fortey’s research interests include, above all, trilobites. He has stated that he found his first one when he was 14, and the interest later turned into a career. He has named numerous trilobite species and still continues his research despite having retired from the Museum.Fortey studies trilobites and graptolites, especially those from the Ordovician, and their systematics, evolutionand modes of life. He is also involved in research on Ordovician palaeogeographyand correlation; arthropodevolution, especially the origin of major groups; and the relationships between divergence times as revealed by molecular evidence and the fossilrecord.
In 1993, Fortey's "The Hidden Landscape" was named the
Natural World Book of the Year. Since 1997, he has been a member of the Royal Society. was short-listed for the Rhône-Poulenc Prize in 1998; "Trilobite!" was short-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prizein 2001. He was Collier Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Technology at the Institute of Advanced Studies in 2002. He has won the Lewis Thomas Prizefor science writing (2003) and is the 2006 holder of the Royal Society's Michael Faraday Prizefor the public communication of science. He has also turned his pen to writing dinosaur poems for children and even a spoof book on the rubic cube.
Professor Fortey has been elected President of the Geological Society of London for its bicentennial year of 2007 and was recently awarded an honorary degree by the
University of St Andrews.
He appeared on
BBC Two's " University Challenge- The Professionals" in 2004, as a member of the Palaeontological Association team, who beat the Eden Project.He was also one of the scientists who worked on the Discovery Channelprogram The Future Is Wild.
* "The Hidden Landscape" (1993)
* "Trilobite!: Eyewitness to Evolution" (2000)
* "Fossils: The Key to the Past" (2002)
* "The Earth: An Intimate History" (2004)
* [http://www.randomhouse.com/knopf/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780307263629 "Dry Store Room no.1" (2008)]
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