Prof Francisco Ayala HonFISSRProf Francisco Ayala HonFISSR

University Professor and Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, California, United States


Francisco J. Ayala is University Professor and Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences and Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Ayala is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), a recipient of the 2001 National Medal of Science, and served as Chair of the Authoring Committee of Science, Evolution, and Creationism, jointly published in 2008 by the NAS and the Institute of Medicine.

Dr. Ayala has received numerous awards, including the 2010 Templeton Prize for “exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension,” and 24 honorary degrees from universities in ten countries. He has been President and Chairman of the Board of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1993-1996) and President of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society of the United States (2004-2005). Dr. Ayala has written numerous books and articles about the intersection of science and religion, including Darwin’s Gift to Science and Religion (Joseph Henry Press, 2007) and Am I a Monkey? (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010). He teaches classes about evolution, genetics, and the philosophy of biology.

Honoraria Titles

Major Prizes

2010 Templeton Prize

Science & Technology Interests

Evolution, Genetics, Human Origins



In the Light of Evolution III: Two Centuries of Darwin

National Academies Press 2009
Co-authors: Eds: John C. Avise and Francisco J. Ayala

Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Biology

Wiley-Blackwell 2009
Co-authors: Eds: Francisco J. Ayala and Robert Arp

L’Evoluzione. Lo Sguardo Della Biología

Jaca Book 2009

El siglo de los genes. Patrones de explicación en genética

Alianza Editorial 2009
Co-authors: Ana Barahona and Francisco J. Ayala

In the Light of Evolution. Volume II: Biodiversity and Extinction.

National Academies Press 2008
Co-authors: Eds: John C. Avise, Stephen P. Hubbell, and Francisco J. Ayala

In the Light of Evolution I: Adaptation and Complex Design

National Academies Press 2007
Co-authors: Eds: John C. Avise and Francisco J. Ayala

Human Evolution. Trails from the Past

Oxford University Press 2007
Co-authors: Camilo J. Cela-Conde and Francisco J. Ayala

Darwin y el Diseño Inteligente. Creacionismo, Cristianismo y Evolución

Alianza Editorial 2007, 2nd Edn 2008, 3rd Edn 2009

Darwin’s Gift to Science and Religion

Joseph Henry Press 2007

Darwin and Intelligent Design

Fortress Press 2006

La piedra que se volvió palabra. Las claves evolutivas de la humanidad

Alianza Editorial 2006
Co-authors: Francisco J. Ayala and Camilo J. Cela Conde

Systematics and the Origin of Species. On Ernst Mayr’s 100th Anniversary

National Academies Press 2005
Co-authors: Eds: Jody Hey, Walter M. Fitch, and Francisco J. Ayala

Handbook of Evolution: The Evolution of Living Systems (Including Hominids), Vol 2

Wiley-VCH 2005
Co-authors: Eds: Franz H. Wuketits and Francisco J. Ayala

Le Ragioni dell’ Evoluzione

Di Renzo Editore 2005

La genética en México. Institucionalización de una disciplina

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México 2003
Co-authors: Ana Barahona, Susana Pinar, and Francisco J. Ayala

De Darwin al DNA y el origen de la humanidad: la evolución y sus polémicas

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Fondo de Cultura Económica 2002
Co-authors: Rosaura Ruiz and Francisco J. Ayala


Freeman, San Francisco 1977
Co-authors: Theodosius Dobzhansky, Francisco J. Ayala, G. Ledyard Stebbins, and James W. Valentine

Variation and Evolution in Plants and Microorganisms. Toward A New Synthesis 50 Years After Stebbins

National Academies Press 2000
Co-authors: Eds: Francisco J. Ayala, Walter M. Fitch, and Michael T. Clegg

Evolutionary and Molecular Biology: Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action

Vatican Observatory and the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences 1998
Co-authors: Eds: Robert J. Russell, William R. Stoeger, and Francisco J. Ayala

El Método en las Ciencias: Epistemología y darwinismo

Fondo de Cultura Económica 1998
Co-authors: Rosaura Ruiz and Francisco J. Ayala

Genetics and the Origin of Species: From Darwin to Molecular Biology 60 Years after Dobzhansky

National Academy Press 1997
Co-authors: Eds: Francisco J. Ayala and Walter M. Fitch

Tempo and Mode in Evolution. Genetics And Paleontology 50 Years After Simpson

National Academy Press 1995
Co-authors: Eds: Walter M. Fitch and Francisco J. Ayala

La Teoría de La Evolución: De Darwin a los Ultimos Avances de la Genetica

Ediciones Temas de Hoy 1994 1997, Bolsitemas, 1999, Collección “Tanto por Saber”

La Naturaleza Inacabada: Ensayos en Torno a la Evolucion

Biblioteca Cientifica Salvat 1987, 2nd edition 1994 (+ Portuguese Translation, 1998)