2012 Jury Member

The Rolex Awards for Enterprise

Location: United Kingdom

Steve Jones
United Kingdom, Born 1944

Eminent British biologist and author Steve Jones has for decades provided answers to the question: “Why is there so much genetic diversity?”


Recognized worldwide for his numerous and wide-ranging contributions to the public’s understanding of science through his books, lectures, newspaper columns and radio and television appearances, Steve Jones is professor emeritus at University College London where he headed the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment until 2010.

A childhood exploring the wildlife in Wales prompted his scientific studies, which culminated in postgraduate degrees from Edinburgh University and a research fellowship at the University of Chicago. The main focus of Jones’ research has been on snails, and the light their anatomy can shed on biodiversity and genetics, as well as on humans and fruit flies.

Among his prize-winning books, many of which discuss the theory of evolution, are In the Blood (1997), Almost like a Whale: The Origin of Species Updated (1999), Y: The Descent of Men (2002) and Darwin’s Island (2009).

“Evolution is the grammar of biology,” says Jones, who has received numerous honours, including the Royal Society Michael Faraday Prize in 1996. In 2011, he became president of the Association for Science Education and was elected as a member of the American Philosophical Society.

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