Paul Davies is theoretical physicist, cosmologist, astrobiologist, author and
broadcaster. He currently holds the position of Professor of Natural Philosophy
in the Australian Centre for Astrobiology at Macquarie University. His previous
academic appointments were at the Universities of Cambridge, London, Newcastle
upon Tyne and Adelaide. His research has ranged from the origin of the universe
to the origin of life, and includes the properties of black holes, the nature of
time and quantum field theory. Davies is well known as the winner of the 1995
Templeton Prize - the world's largest annual prize - for his work on science and
In addition to his research, Professor Davies is well known as an author,
broadcaster and public lecturer. He has written over twenty-five
books, both popular and specialist works, which have been translated into
many languages. He writes regularly for newspapers, journals and magazines in
several countries, and has been a longstanding contributor to The Economist,
The Guardian, The New York Times, The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald,
The Age, The Bulletin and New Scientist. He was for two years a
weekly opinion columnist for the Adelaide Advertiser.
Among Davies's better-known media productions were a series of 45 minute BBC
Radio 3 science documentaries.
Two of these became successful books and one, Desperately Seeking
Superstrings, won the Glaxo Science Writers Fellowship. In early 2000 he
devised and presented a three-part series for BBC Radio 4 on the origin of life,
entitled The Genesis Factor. His television projects include two
six-part Australian series The Big Questions and More Big Questions
and a 2003 documentary on BBC4 about his work in astrobiology entitled The
Cradle of Life. This media work was recognized by the award of the 2001
Kelvin Medal by the UK Institute of Physics and the 2002 Michael Faraday Prize
by the Royal Society for his contributions to promoting science to the public.
In April 1999 the asteroid 1992 OG was officially named (6870) Pauldavies in his
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