Francisco J. Ayala

Francisco J. Ayala is University Professor and Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. He has published over 950 articles and is author or editor of thirty-one books. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and received the 2001 U.S. National Medal of Science. The New York Times named Ayala the “Renaissance Man of Evolutionary Biology.”

Darwin's Origin

PALEY William Paley, who lived from 1743 to 1805, was one of the most influential English authors of his time. He argued forcefully in his Natural Theology (1802) that the complex and precise design of organisms and their parts could…