Simon is an evolutionary biologist who thus far has had a very unusual career path. Though he has spent the vast majority of his working life as an educator in one form or another he has somehow bypassed becoming a teacher. Instead, he has favoured jobs which allow him to dress up funny and flit through the centuries with reckless abandon. To date he has professionally pretended to be; a plague victim, a World War One soldier, a Viking slave trader, a medieval monk, a Tudor rake and a Victorian scamp.
He is currently touring ‘Sperm Warfare’, an entertaining lecture on the evolutionary biology of sperm competition.
Saturday 1 November 2008, 5.15pm Henry Moore Gallery
What is it to be educated?
"The audience were the stars of the Battle of Ideas - engaged, informed and enthusiastic. As a panellist, I felt both ashamed and educated. Exactly as it should be."
John Street, professor of politics, University of East Anglia