An intelligent man who is one of the most public supporters of evolution
in our modern age. Winner of numerous scientific awards, Mr Dawkins holds the scientific method up as the supreme means of understanding everything.
Using this method, he delves into evolution at length in his books including The Blind Watchmaker, The Selfish Gene, Climbing Mount Improbable amongst a few others. In these books he outlines the mass of evidence for evolution, explaining how it is as much a fact as gravity, and the theory is in fact more supported by evidence than gravity.
He shows how over many generations mutations (DNA copying errors) occur, and over many millions of years these random mutations can change a species almost unrecognisably, through natural selection, which Dawkins points out is 'the opposite of chance'. In doing this Mr Dawkins Demolishes creationism, showing it to be outdated, irrational and to be completely lacking in evidence, and not fit to even be considered anywhere close to evolution in any way.
He recently wrote a book Called 'The God Delusion', in which he argues (convincingly, in my opinion) that the god hypothesis can be made into a theory and therefore tested in the scientific method, coming to the conclusion that Gods existence is not impossible, since proving a negative is impossible, but so unlikely that god may as well be regarded as non-existent.
To those who insult him, you do your cause far more harm than good - you just make yourselves look bitter and refusing to accept reality, despite the evidence that is there. You may disagree with his views, and that's fair enough, but to insult him because he says things you don't like just makes you look petulant.
It is absolutely safe to say that, if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid or insane (or wicked, but I'd rather not consider that). -- Richard Dawkins