Matt Ridley

Matt Ridley is an author, Times columnist, member of the House of Lords and landowner in Northumberland.

His books have sold over a million copies, been translated into 31 languages and won several awards. They include The Red Queen, The Origins of Virtue, Genome, Nature via Nurture, Francis Crick, The Rational Optimist and The Evolution of Everything.

He writes a weekly column in The Times (London) and writes regularly for The Wall Street Journal.

As Viscount Ridley, he was elected to the House of Lords in February 2013. He has served on the science and technology select committee and the artificial intelligence committee.

With Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Oxford University, Ridley worked for The Economist as science editor, Washington correspondent and American editor.

He was founding chairman of the International Centre for Life in Newcastle. He was nonexecutive chairman of Northern Rock and Northern 2 VCT.

He also commissioned the Northumberlandia landform sculpture and country park.

He founded the “Mind and Matter” column in The Wall Street Journal in 2010.

He won the Hayek Prize in 2011, the Julian Simon award in 2012 and the Free Enterprise Award from the Institute of Economic Affairs in 2014.

He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and he is a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

He is married to the neuroscientist Anya Hurlbert. They have two children and live at Blagdon in Northumberland.