Jerry Coyne

Jerry A. Coyne
Coyne in 2013
Jerry Allen Coyne

(1949-12-30) December 30, 1949 (age 73)
Alma materCollege of William & Mary (BS)
Harvard University (PhD)
Known forSpeciation and evolutionary genetics, particularly as they involve the fruit fly, Drosophila, and the books:
AwardsRichard Dawkins Award (2015)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Chicago
University of Maryland
Doctoral advisorRichard Lewontin
Notable studentsH. Allen Orr, Mohamed Noor
InfluencesBruce Grant, Richard Lewontin

Jerry Allen Coyne (born December 30, 1949)[4][5] is an American biologist and skeptic known for his work on speciation and his commentary on intelligent design. A professor emeritus at the University of Chicago in the Department of Ecology and Evolution, he has published numerous papers on the theory of evolution. His concentration is speciation and ecological and evolutionary genetics, particularly as they involve the fruit fly, Drosophila.[6]

He is the author of the text Speciation and the bestselling non-fiction book Why Evolution Is True.[7] Coyne maintains a website and writes for his blog, also called Why Evolution Is True.[8] He is a hard determinist.[9]

Coyne gained attention outside of the scientific community as a public critic of religion. As a proponent of New Atheism,[10] he is often cited with atheists such as Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris. He is the author of the book Faith Versus Fact.[11]

  1. ^ Coyne, Jerry A.; Orr, H. Allen (2004). Speciation. Sinauer Associates, Incorporated Publishers. ISBN 978-0-87893-089-0.
  2. ^ Coyne, Jerry A. (January 22, 2009). Why Evolution is True. Oxford University Press. pp. 8–. ISBN 978-0-19-164384-2. Retrieved January 24, 2014.
  3. ^ Coyne, Jerry A. (2015). Faith versus Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible. Viking Press. p. 311. ISBN 978-0-670-02653-1.
  4. ^ Coyne, Jerry (December 30, 2019). "Monday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)". Why Evolution is True, WordPress. Retrieved December 9, 2020. Notables born on this day include: [...] 1949 – Jerry Coyne, superannuated evolutionary biologist, your host.
  5. ^ Garg, Anu (December 30, 2019). "Humdinger". A.Word.A.Day, Retrieved December 9, 2020.
  6. ^ "Jerry Coyne". 2013. Retrieved January 24, 2014.
  7. ^ "Best Sellers Hardcover Nonfiction". The New York Times. Retrieved February 22, 2014.
  8. ^ Coyne, Jerry. "Why Evolution Is True". Jerry Coyne. Archived from the original on August 5, 2017. Retrieved January 25, 2014.
  9. ^ List, Christian (February 6, 2020). "Science Hasn't Refuted Free Will". Boston Review. Retrieved November 25, 2022.
  10. ^ Berezow, Alex. "Jerry Coyne's Twisted History of Science and Religion". Forbes. Retrieved November 25, 2022.
  11. ^ Cite error: The named reference Maroon2018 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

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