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Humanists award Richard Dawkins for promoting reason and science across the world

Richard Dawkins, evolutionary biologist and internationally renowned atheist, sceptic and humanist last night received an award for his ‘work in promoting reason and science worldwide’ during an international gathering of humanist organisations from all over the world. The award was given by the British Humanist Association (BHA) and the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) following a conference during the day on ‘Darwin, Humanism and Science’, at which Professor Dawkins is a key speaker.

Hanne Stinson, BHA chief executive, said, ‘Richard Dawkins’ commitment to increasing public understanding of science is unfaltering and he has spent much of his distinguished career so far promoting a rational and humanist approach to the world, with his much celebrated book ‘The God Delusion’ perhaps one of the most well-known and, to some, controversial publications in recent years.’

Professor Dawkins received his award at a dinner for international delegates following a conference at which he spoke on Darwin and the Theory of Evolution. The conference was hosted by the BHA as part of the programme of events surrounding the general assemblies of the European Humanist Federation and International Humanist and Ethical Union, which are both being hosted by the BHA in London this week.


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The BHA is the national charity representing and supporting the non-religious and campaigning for an end to religious privilege and discrimination based on religion or belief. For more information about the BHA visit 

IHEU is the world union of over 100 Humanist, rationalist, secular, ethical culture, atheist and freethought organizations in more than 40 countries. For more information about IHEU, visit

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