Professor Richard Dawkins read excerpts from his latest book when he visit Oundle School to give the second general studies lecture of the year.
He tailored his extracts from An Appetite for Wonder: the making of a Scientist to his upper sixth form audience and focused on his years at the school.
Oundle contributed to the making of the scientist and it was there that he underwent his change in ideological beliefs.
Arriving at Oundle with an intensely religious Christian faith, he gradually abandoned those beliefs.
Professor Dawkins told students that if he has one regret, it is the fact that he did not make greater use of the school’s engineering workshops.
At the end of his lecture, he signed a copy of his book for his former teacher Ioan Thomas and the two reminisced over a cup of tea.
Professor Dawkins read zoology at Oxford University, where he spent most of his academic life.
He was first catapulted to fame with The Selfish Gene and has written numerous books since, including The Blind Watchmaker, Climbing Mount Improbable, The Ancestor’s Tale, The God Delusion and the Magic of Reality.