DR RUPERT SHELDRAKE, Ph.D.
Born 28 June 1942, is a biologist and author of more than 80 scientific papers and ten books.
A former Research Fellow of the Royal Society, he studied natural sciences at Cambridge University, where he was a Scholar of Clare College, took a double first class honors degree and was awarded the University Botany Prize. He then studied philosophy and history of science at Harvard University, where he was a Frank Knox Fellow, before returning to Cambridge, where he took a Ph.D. in biochemistry.
was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, where he was Director of
Studies in biochemistry and cell biology. As the Rosenheim Research
Fellow of the Royal Society, he carried out research on the
development of plants and the ageing of cells in the Department of
Biochemistry at Cambridge University.
From 1974 to 1985 he was Principal Plant Physiologist and Consultant Physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Hyderabad, India, where he helped develop new cropping systems now widely used by farmers.
While in India, he also
lived for a year and a half at the ashram of Fr Bede Griffiths in
Tamil Nadu, where he wrote his first book, A New Science of Life.
He has often taken part in BBC and other radio programs.
He has written for newspapers such as the Guardian, where he had a
regular monthly column, The Times, Sunday Telegraph, Daily Mirror,
Daily Mail, Sunday Times, Times Educational Supplement, Times Higher
Education Supplement and Times Literary Supplement, and has
contributed to a variety of magazines, including New Scientist,
Resurgence, the Ecologist and the Spectator.