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2018 Burkett Miller Distinguished Lecture Series will feature

Matt Ridley

Matt Ridley


The Right Honourable Viscount Ridley, more commonly known as Matt Ridley, will appear April 15, 2019 in the Burkett Miller Distinguished Lecture Series, addressing the topic "Free Movement of Ideas."

Matt Ridley is a British journalist and businessman.  He graduated with a BA and DPhil degrees from Oxford University and worked for The Economist for nine years as science editor.  He was founding chairman of the International Centre for Life in Newcastle and is its current honorary president.  He was non-executive chairman of Northern Rock PLC and Northern  VCT PLC.  He was elected to the House of Lords as Viscount Ridley in February 2013.

Ridley's TED talk "When Ideas Have Sex" has been viewed more than two million times.  He won the Hayek Prize in 2011, the Julian Simon Award in 2012, and the Free Enterprise Award from the Institute of Economic Affairs in 2014.  His book Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters, published in 2000, was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize.  Ridley's biography of Francis Crick won the Davis Prize for the history of science from the History of Science Society.

His books have sold over one million copies and been translated into 31 languages.  His most recent books include Climate Change: The Facts 2017; Do Humankind's Best Days Lie Ahead?: The Munk Debates (2016); The Evolutions of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge (2016); and The Rational Optimist: How Properity Evolves (2011).

He writes a weekly colum in The Times (London) on science, the environment, and economics.  From 2010 to 2013, Ridley wrote the weekly "Mind and Matter" column for The Wall Street Journal.

Sponsored by the Scott L. Probasco, Jr. Distinguished Chair of Free Enterprise, this event takes place at noon in 201 Derthick Hall.  This event is free and open to the public; however, space is limited, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

For additional information, please contact the Probasco Chair at (423) 425-4118.

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