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ANDREW PARKER

Alan MacDonaldBorn in 1967 in England, Professor Andrew Parker moved to Australia in 1990 where he spent ten years studying marine biology and physics, working on structural colour in nature. On returning to the UK as a Royal Society University Research Fellow at Oxford University in 1999, he worked on colour, vision, biomimetics and evolution. In 2000, based on his ‘Light Switch Theory’ for the cause of the Big Bang in evolution, he was selected as one of the top eight scientists in the UK as a ‘Scientist for the New Century’ by The Royal Institution (London).

The Light Switch Theory holds that the Big Bang of evolution, 520 million years ago, was triggered by the evolution of the eye. This is the uncontested solution to the most dramatic event in the history of life, most famously supported by Francis Crick (co-discoverer of the structure of DNA).

Today he works at Green Templeton College (University of Oxford). He is also Research Leader at The Natural History Museum, London and a Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Andrew Parker’s scientific research centres on the evolution of vision and on biomimetics – extracting good design from nature. He has copied the natural nanotechnology behind the metallic-like wings of butterflies and iridescence of hummingbirds to produce commercial products such as security devices (that can’t be copied) to replace holograms in credit cards and non-reflective surfaces for solar panels (providing a 10% increase in energy capture). Today he is commissioned by international car manufacturers and security companies.

He wrote the popular science books In the Blink of an Eye and Seven Deadly Colours (Simon & Schuster, UK; Perseus, USA; other continental publishers), and regularly speaks at literary/arts festivals as well as scientific institutions. In 2005 he gave the annual Hewlett Packard lecture on evolution and the prestigious Stanford University annual physics lecture on colour in nature.    

For more information visit www.gtc.ox.ac.uk/andrew-parker

LATEST BOOK: THE GENESIS ENIGMA

Andrew Parker'Why is the Bible's creation story written as it is?' The first page of Genesis features no humans at all. The substance of heaven and earth - and Earth's earliest creatures - arise spontaneously at God's command. Light is mentioned twice, once in 'let there be light' and secondly in 'let there be lights ...to divide the day from night'. Whales appear before birds. Vegetation appears after 'let there be light', but before day is separated from night. Any study of the Bible will show that the rest of the Bible is written with exacting care, through prolonged, meticulous narratives of human adventure. Yet the description of the creation as it appears in the Bible makes no sense. Could it be that the creation story in Genesis was written as it was, complete with its seemingly odd order, because that is in fact the correct order of events at the beginning of the world? Modern science has more than ever before revealed, in stunning detail, how the world and all of the life on it came into being. Does modern science - while agreeing with Darwinian evolution, the big bang theory and the complexity and deep age of the universe - prove the order of events as described in the Bible to be true? In engrossing detail, respected scientist Andrew Parker brings the latest discoveries of science to bear on this controversial and contentious question.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: The Genesis Enigma. Doubleday (London)/Dutton (New York), 2009 + translations in Greece. Seven Deadly Colours. Simon & Schuster (London), 2005, In the Blink of an Eye Simon & Schuster (London)/Perseus Press (Cambridge, USA), 2003 + translations. Plus over 50 scientific publications and articles.

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