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Desmond Morris, DPhil Biography

Zoologist and Author
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"

“I’m convinced … it is neoteny [the retention, by adults in a species, of traits previously seen only in juveniles] which makes people gay. Gays are using what is reproductive or creatively constructive to non-reproductive ends. This is very much a positive. […]

Gays have in general made a disproportionately greater contribution to life than nongays. The creative gay has very much advanced Planet Earth.

The playfulness of childhood is continued with certain people into adulthood. This is very much a positive. Adult playfulness means that certain people, often a fairly large proportion of them gay, are more inventive and curious than heterosexuals.”

The Naked Man: A Study of the Male Body, Jan. 2008

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Honorary DSc Degree, Reading University, 1998
  • Writer/Host, The Human Sexes, The Learning Channel, 1997
  • Emmy Nomination, Outstanding Non-fiction Series, The Human Sexes, The Learning Channel, 1997
  • Co-Host with Sarah Kennedy, Animal Country, Mike Mansfield TV, 1991-1996
  • Recipient, Cable Ace Award for Best Documentary Series, 1995
  • Recipient, New York Festivals’ World Medal for Best Script, 1994
  • Writer/Host, The Human Animal, BBC 1, 1994
  • Co-Host with Sarah Kennedy, The Animals Roadshow, BBC 1, 1987-1989
  • Writer/Producer, The Human Race, Thames TV, 1982
  • Vice-Chairman, Oxford United Football Club, 1978
  • Board of Directors, Oxford United Football Club, 1977
  • One-man-show of Surrealist paintings, Stooshnoff Fine Art Gallery, London, 1974
  • Research Fellowship, Wolfson College, 1973
  • Curator of Mammals, Zoological Society of London, 1959-1967
  • Host, Life In The Animal World, BBC 2 (52 one-hour television programs), 1959-1960
  • Co-editor, International Zoo Yearbook, 1959-1962
  • Host, Zootime, Granada TV, 1956-1967
  • Co-organizer, The Lost Image exhibition, Royal Festival Hall, London
  • Head, Granada TV and Film Unit, Zoological Society of London, 1956-1959
  • Writer/Director, ‘Time Flower’ and ‘The Butterfly and the Pin,’ 1950
  • Lecturer in Fine Arts, Chisledon Army College, 1946-1948
  • One-man-show of paintings, Swindon Arts Centre, 1948
  • DPhil, Zoology, Oxford University, 1954
  • First Class Honours Degree, Zoology, Birmingham University, 1951

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