Richard Fortey is a distinguished palaeozoologist and geologist. In more than 150 publications he has contributed enormously to scientific understanding of these areas and has made important contributions to the public understanding of science. In recognition of his geological work he was awarded the Lyell Medal of the Geological Society of London in 1996; he was elected FRS a year later.
He has written a number of books, including The Hidden Landscape (1993) which wonThe Natural World Book of the Year Award; Life: an unauthorized biography (1997), shortlisted for the Rhone-Poulenc Prize in 1998; Trilobite! Eyewitness to Evolution(2000), shortlisted for The Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction in 2001.
He is a regular contributor to The London Review of Books, TLSand the London Evening Standard, and has written for The Guardian and THES. In 1999 he was a judge for the Rhone-Poulenc Prize. In 2001 he was awarded the Zoological Society of London’s Frink Medal.