Dawkins first came to prominence with his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, which popularised the gene-centred view of evolution and introduced the term meme. In 1982, he introduced into evolutionary biology the influential concept that the phenotypic effects of a gene are not necessarily limited to an organism's body, but can stretch far into the environment, including the bodies of other organisms. This concept is presented in his book The Extended Phenotype.
He's a biologist whose views are completely in line with the prevailing outlook of evolutionary biologists.
I believe that most biologists still think of individual organisms as the primary unit of selection (evolution). Most of them have not adopted the gene-centric view of evolution expressed by Dawkins in The Selfish Gene.
Neither have I. I do not think The Selfish Gene is a "seminal work." To me it's a collection of just-so stories....
Some say he is a science journalist..
Dawkins was the University of Oxford's Professor for Public Understanding of Science from 1995 until 2008.
Clinton Richard Dawkins FRS FRSL (born 26 March 1941) is a British ethologist, evolutionary biologist, and writer. He is an emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford, and was the University of Oxford's Professor for Public Understanding of Science from 1995 until 2008.
Dawkins was awarded a Doctor of Science degree by the University of Oxford in 1989. He holds honorary doctorates in science from the University of Huddersfield, University of Westminster, Durham University, the University of Hull, the University of Antwerp, and the University of Oslo, and honorary doctorates from the University of Aberdeen, Open University, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and the University of Valencia. He also holds honorary doctorates of letters from the University of St Andrews and the Australian National University (HonLittD, 1996), and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1997 and a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2001. He is one of the patrons of the Oxford University Scientific Society.
In 1959 Dawkins entered Balliol College, University of Oxford, where he received a bachelor’s degree in zoology in 1962. He remained at Oxford, earning his master’s and doctorate degrees in zoology in 1966 under famed ethologist Nikolaas Tinbergen. Dawkins assisted Tinbergen before becoming an assistant professor of zoology (1967–69) at the University of California, Berkeley. He returned to Oxford to lecture in zoology in 1970.
Dawkins was named the first Charles Simonyi professor of public understanding of science at Oxford (1995–2008).
The American Humanist Association honored Dawkins as the 1996 Humanist of the Year. Humanism is a philosophy that believes humanity is responsible for its own destiny and is not created by a supernatural God. Dawkins also won the Silver Medal of the Zoological Society, 1989; Michael Faraday Award of the Royal Society, 1990; and the Nakayama Prize for Human Sciences, 1994. In 2001, he became a fellow of the Royal Society, the leading scientific organization in England.