Professor Steve Jones

Professor Steve Jones is Emeritus Professor of Genetics at University College London and an author of several popular science books. He is one of the world's top six experts on the genetics of snails (and the other five agree) and has also studied the genetics and evolution of fruit flies and humans.

Professor Jones was born in 1944 in Aberystwyth, Wales, and has degrees from the University of Edinburgh and University of Chicago. Much of his academic research has been concerned with snails and the light their anatomy can shed on biodiversity and genetics. He is Professor of genetics at Galton Laboratory of University College London, and has had visiting posts at Harvard University, the University of Chicago, the University of California at Davis, University of Botswana, Fourah Bay College in Sierra Leone, and Flinders University in Adelaide.

Professor Jones is probably best known to the general public as a regular broadcaster and writer of popular books on scientific issues. He gave the 1991 Reith Lecture on "The Language of the Genes", has written and presented a Radio 3 series on science and the arts, "Blue Skies", and a TV series on human genetics, "In the Blood". He also appears on other radio and TV programmes, such as Today, Question Time, Late Review and Newsnight , and writes a regular column in The Daily Telegraph, "View from the Lab".

His many books include Genetics for Beginners (Icon Books), The Language of the Genes (HarperCollins), In The Blood (HarperCollins), Almost like a Whale: The Origin of Species Updated (Anchor Books), Y: the Descent of Men (Little, Brown).

All of Professor Jones's past Gresham lectures can be accessed here.

Recent Past Lectures
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Homo Sapiens, an Endangered Species

Professor Steve Jones
Tuesday, 22 March 2016 - 6:00PM
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Germs, Genes and Genesis: The History of Infectious Disease

Professor Steve Jones
Tuesday, 16 February 2016 - 6:00PM
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No Need for Geniuses: Scientific Revolutions and Revolutionary Scientists in the City of Light

Professor Steve Jones
Monday, 25 January 2016 - 6:00PM
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Nature, Nurture or Neither? The View from the Genes

Professor Steve Jones
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 - 6:00PM
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Is Human Evolution Over?

Professor Steve Jones
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 - 6:00PM
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Did God Evolve? An Evolutionist's Speculation about Religion

Professor Steve Jones
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 - 6:00PM
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How Do We Find a Gene's Purpose

Professor Steve Jones
Wednesday, 25 March 2015
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The Obesity Epidemic

Professor Steve Jones
Wednesday, 25 March 2015
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Genetically Starving: DNA and Appetite

Professor Steve Jones
Wednesday, 25 March 2015
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Galton, Darwin and Caliban: An Introduction to Eugenics, Genetics and Conditioning

Professor Steve Jones
Wednesday, 25 March 2015
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A Genetic Predisposition for Crime

Professor Steve Jones
Wednesday, 25 March 2015
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The Dyspeptic Ape: Why Don’t Humans have Spikes on Their Genitalia

Professor Steve Jones
Monday, 11 November 2013