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    Professor Richard Dawkins, ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author of books including The God Delusion and The Selfish Gene, is seen at Random House, London, on Wednesday, August 14th,2013. Professor Dawkins is to publish an autobiographical book.

    Richard Dawkins Gives Science a Bad Name: Top Ten Most Controversial Scientists

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    A new study researching the effects celebrity can have on how the public views scientific issues, has revealed an unlikely bogeyman: famed English biologist Richard Dawkins.

    The report by Rice University, questioned British scientists, many of whom said that they think that Richard Dawkins misrepresents science.

    Despite the researchers not mentioning Dawkins by name, several of those interviewed brought the biologist and atheist-campaigner up themselves, with 80% saying that they reject his approach to public engagement, though his books, TV interviews and other debates.

    Dawkins has been under fire in recent years for comments on Islam and date rape.

    However, Dawkins is hardly the first renowned scientist to give science a bad name. Read on to discover ten of the most controversial scientists through the ages.


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