Biosketch of William A. Dembski
A mathematician and philosopher, William A. Dembski is Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. He is also the Phillip E. Johnson Research Professor of Culture and Science at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he helps head its Institute of Scientific Apologetics. In addition, he is Senior Research Scientist with the Evolutionary Informatics Lab. He lives in Iowa and may be reached at informationalityATdesigninferenceDOTcom.
Previously, he was Research Professor in Philosophy at Southwestern Seminary in Ft. Worth, where he directed its Center for Cultural Engagement. Before that he was the Carl F. H. Henry Professor of Theology and Science at Southern Seminary in Louisville, where he founded its Center for Theology and Science. And before that he was Associate Research Professor in the Conceptual Foundations of Science at Baylor University, where he headed the first intelligent design think-tank at a major research university: The Michael Polanyi Center.
Dr. Dembski has taught at Northwestern University, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Dallas. He has done postdoctoral work in mathematics at MIT, in physics at the University of Chicago, and in computer science at Princeton University. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago where he earned a B.A. in psychology, an M.S. in statistics, and a Ph.D. in philosophy, he also received a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Chicago in 1988 and a master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1996.
He has held National Science Foundation graduate and postdoctoral fellowships. In 1999 he received a $100,000 Templeton Foundation research grant, which issued in the book No Free Lunch. In 2005 he received Texas A&M’s Trotter Prize, past recipients of which include Francis Crick, Charles Townes, and Paul Davies (go here for all recipients and here for the award to Dr. Dembski). His books Intelligent Design: The Bridge between Science and Theology (1999) and The Design Revolution: Answering the Toughest Questions about Intelligent Design (2004) both received Christianity Today‘s Book of the Year Award in the category “Christianity and Culture.” Southern Evangelical Seminary awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2011.
Dr. Dembski has published articles in mathematics, engineering, philosophy, and theology journals and is the author/editor of twenty books. In The Design Inference: Eliminating Chance Through Small Probabilities (Cambridge University Press, 1998), he examines the design argument in a post-Darwinian context and analyzes the connections linking chance, probability, and intelligent causation. The sequel to The Design Inference appeared with Rowman & Littlefield in 2002 and critiques Darwinian and other naturalistic accounts of evolution. It is titled No Free Lunch: Why Specified Complexity Cannot Be Purchased without Intelligence.
Dr. Dembski has edited several influential anthologies, including The Nature of Nature: Examining the Role of Naturalism in Science (ISI, 2011, co-edited with Bruce Gordon), Uncommon Dissent: Intellectuals Who Find Darwinism Unconvincing (ISI, 2004) and Debating Design: From Darwin to DNA (Cambridge University Press, 2004, co-edited with Michael Ruse).
His most comprehensive treatment of intelligent design to date, co-authored with Jonathan Wells, is titled The Design of Life: Discovering Signs of Intelligence in Biological Systems. In November of 2009, he published a book on theodicy titled The End of Christianity: Finding a Good God in an Evil World.
As interest in intelligent design has grown in the wider culture, Dr. Dembski has assumed the role of public intellectual. In addition to lecturing around the world at colleges and universities, he appears on radio and television. His work has been cited in newspaper and magazine articles, including three front page stories in the New York Times as well as the August 15, 2005 Time magazine cover story on intelligent design. He has appeared on the BBC, NPR (Diane Rehm, etc.), PBS (Inside the Law with Jack Ford; Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson), CSPAN2, CNN, Fox News, ABC Nightline, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.