Robyn Williams


Robyn Williams has presented The Science Show on ABC Radio National since 1975. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in England. He has served in a number of science related positions including as the President of the ANZAAS Congress in Brisbane and as Chair of the Commission For The Future. In 1988, he received Honorary Doctorates in Science from the Universities of Deakin, Macquarie and Sydney. He was also awarded an AM in the Australian Bicentenary Honours list. Williams was elected as a Fellow member of the Australian Academy of Science in 1993, and in 1994 he took up a Reuters Fellowship at Oxford University. He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and a visiting professor at the University of NSW. His ten books include the novel 2007, A True Story Waiting to Happen (Hodder Headline, 2002). He developed his essay ‘God’s only excuse’ published in Griffith Review 8: People Like Us into a book, Unintelligent Design (Allen & Unwin, 2007).


Fair-weather friends?

DebateI LIKE BOB Carter. Even in a kilt. He has that baritone warmth that men share when they assume they're united against the Philistines. I first met Professor Carter in 1998 at James Cook University in Townsville where we...

God’s only excuse

EssayThose who can induce you to believe absurdities can induce you to commit atrocities.– Voltaire"HE'S PARTY, I'M sure." My mother was reading the newspaper and drinking her 10th cup of teaof the morning. Tea was made by dripping hot...

Promise of miracles in the age of uncertainty

Essay Planets full of bronzed healthy clean-limbed individuals merrily prancing through their lives meant that the only doctors still in business were the psychiatrists, simply because no one had discovered a cure for the universe as a whole – or rather the one...

Science without a capital S

MemoirSelected for The Best Australian Essays 2011SCIENCE IS ONE of the few human constructs designed to test its own veracity continuously. There is no point in time at which we all nod, wise men with beards, women with six-figure...

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