Francisco J. Ayala, Ph.D., is University Professor and Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. He has published more than 1,000 articles and is author or editor of 38 books. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. He received the 2001 U.S. National Medal of Science and the 2010 Templeton Prize. The New York Times named Ayala the "Renaissance Man of Evolutionary Biology."