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?
"For one weekend in the year, in the centre of London, it's as if ideas matter, it's as if the world really can be made a better place through the free and energetic exercise of reason."
Austen Ivereigh, Catholic commentator