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 has published over thirty books including the award-winning The Future Eaters, The Weather Makers, Atmosphere of Hope and Here on Earth and the novel The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish. In 2005 he was named Australian Humanist of the Year, and in 2007, Australian of the Year.
In 2007 he co-founded and was appointed Chair of the Copenhagen Climate Council. In 2011 he became Australia’s Chief Climate Commissioner, and in 2013 he founded the Australian Climate Council. His current book is Sunlight and Seaweed.