Reading on Vocation with Ramona Koval: Scientists
In this instalment of Reading on Vocation, Ramona Koval introduces the reading habits and histories of three noted scientists - Tim Flannery, Douglas Hilton and Rachel Webster. Together, they discuss Cicero and Dawkins, evolution via Darwin and Wallace, and the lure of amateur entymology and (un)believable science fiction.
Professor Douglas Hilton is a professor of medical biology.
Rachel Webster is Professor of Astrophysics in the School of Physics at Melbourne University.
Ramona Koval is a writer, journalist, broadcaster and editor. She is an Honorary Fellow at the centre for Advancing Journalism, University of Melbourne.
Tim Flannery is a scientist, an explorer, a conservationist and a leading writer on climate change. He has held various academic positions including visiting Professor in Evolutionary and Organismic Biology at Harvard University, Director of the South Australian Museum, Principal Research Scientist at the Australian Museum, Professorial Fellow at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne, and Panasonic Professor of Environmental Sustainability, Macquarie University. His books include the award-winning international bestseller The Weather Makers, Here on Earth and Atmosphere of Hope. Flannery was the 2007 Australian of the Year. He is currently chief councillor of the Climate Council.