MATT RIDLEY writes a weekly column in The Times and writes regularly for the Wall Street Journal.
As Viscount Ridley, he was elected to the House of Lords in February 2013.
He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is honorary president of the International Centre for Life in Newcastle.
He is the author, most recently, of The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge.