Matt Ridley is a British scientist, journalist and author. He has written several science books including the The Red Queen (1994), [i]Genome[/i] (1999) and The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves (2010). His books have sold over 800,000 copies, been translated into twenty-seven languages, and have won several awards. Ridley gave the Angus Millar Lecture on "scientific heresy" at the RSA in 2011 and his TED.com talk on "when ideas have sex" has been viewed 1.4 million times. He was recently elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and won the Julian Simon award in March 2012.