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Visiting Distinguished Professors

The Origins Project hosts distinguished professors at ASU where they spend periods ranging from a week to a term meeting with students engaging in research, giving public lectures, and collaborating with faculty and students in accordance with the mission of the project. Visiting distinguished professors to date have included Nobel Laureates Frank Wilczek and Sidney Altman as well as Richard Dawkins.

Writers in residence have included Lucy Hawking and Ian McEwan. In upcoming years we will be hosting Elizabeth Kolbert and several other writers.

We intend to invite more of the world’s leading scientists, scholars, writers and artists to further build up our cohort of Origins Professors in the future.

Past Visitors

Sidney Altman

A Nobel Laureate, Prof. Altman will be visiting from his home institution of Yale University during the fall 2015 semester. He previously joined us at Arizona State University during spring semesters in 2011 and 2013.

Frank Wilczek

A Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wilczek will be joining us from his home institution of Massachusetts Institute of Technology during  the fall 2015 semester. He previously visited Arizona State University during spring semesters in 2011-2015.

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking is an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge. He is an iconic public intellectual whose work has been highly awarded and documented. Stephen visited ASU in 2009. Learn more about Stephen at http://www.hawking.org.uk/.

Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins is an English ethologist, evolutionary biologist, and writer. Professor Dawkins is an emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Literature. Learn more about Prof. Dawkins at richarddawkins.net/richarddawkins.

Peter Singer

Peter Singer is an Australian moral philosopher. He is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University and a Laureate Professor at the Centre. Professor Singer was inducted into the United States Animal Rights Hall of Fame in 2000. Learn more about Peter at www.princeton.edu/~psinger.

Lucy Hawking

Lucy Hawking is a British author and journalist. Lucy was made a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in recognition of the work she has done in explaining science to a young audience. Lucy spent a year at ASU as a Distinguished Writer in Residence during the 2010-2011 academic year. Learn more about Lucy at www.lucyhawking.com.

Ian McEwan

 Ian McEwan is an English novelist and screenwriter. He has won several awards and has earned worldwide critical acclaim for his work, including Atonement, which was adapted into an Oscar-winning film. Ian visited ASU during the spring 2013 semester. Learn more about Ian at www.ianmcewan.com.