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The Richard Dimbleby Lecture (also known as the Dimbleby Lecture) was founded in the memory of Richard Dimbleby, the BBC broadcaster. It has been delivered by an influential business or political figure almost every year since 1972
|S01E21||Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder||12/11/1996||In his role as the Charles Simonyi Professor For The Understanding Of Science at Oxford University, Dawkins regularly talks to the public regarding his views on the wonders of science. Several weeks ago, on November 12th, 1996, he delievered the Richard Dimbleby Lecture on BBC1 Television in England, entitled "Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder."|
|S01E32||A DNA-Driven World||04/12/2007||Gene pioneer Dr. J. Craig Venter gives the 32nd Richard Dimbleby Lecture. One of the principal scientists who decoded the human genome is about to create the first artificial life form on Earth. So what does the future hold in A DNA-Driven World?|
|S01E33||Facing the Future||08/07/2009||His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales gives The Richard Dimbleby Lecture from St James's Palace in London. The heir to the throne has become well-known for identifying key issues ahead of mainstream public thinking, such as encouraging organic food production or emphasising the importance of inter-faith dialogue. In this lecture, he sets out some of the serious challenges which the world faces, and explores how some of these issues could be tackled in the years ahead.|
|S01E34||Shaking Hands with Death||01/02/2010||One of the world's most popular authors gives the 34th Richard Dimbleby Lecture from the Royal College of Physicians in London. Sir Terry Pratchett announced in 2007 that he had been diagnosed with a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer's disease. In his keynote lecture, Shaking Hands with Death, he explores how modern society, confronted with an increasingly older population, many of whom will suffer from incurable illnesses, needs to redefine how it deals with death. The acclaimed creator of the bestselling Discworld series, he is the first novelist to give the Richard Dimbleby Lecture. His books have sold more than 65 million copies and have been translated into 37 languages.|
|S01E35||Set Our Children Free||15/02/2011||In this year's Richard Dimbleby Lecture, Michael Morpurgo explores the increasingly urgent issue of children's rights, and investigates the wrongs that young people have to endure. One of Britain's most popular children's authors, Morpurgo has written over 120 books and more recently he has become a campaigner on behalf of children, both at home and abroad. In this role he visited the Middle East where he witnessed, first hand, the difficulties children face in times of conflict. His most well known book, War Horse, was recently dramatised to great critical acclaim and it is now being made into a Hollywood feature film by Stephen Spielberg.|
|S01E36||The Wonder of Science||28/02/2012||In the 2012 Richard Dimbleby Lecture, leading geneticist and Nobel laureate Sir Paul Nurse explores the wonder of science and how it enhances our culture and civilisation. He investigates how science can not only help solve the world's big problems, but also be harnessed to improve health and quality of life. One of Britain's most eminent scientists, Sir Paul is the president of the Royal Society and chief executive of the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation.|
|S01E37||The Impatient Optimist||29/01/2013||In the 2013 Richard Dimbleby Lecture, one of the world's greatest entrepreneurs and leading philanthropists, Bill Gates, explains his optimism for a world free of the debilitating disease, polio. He explains why he is devoting so much of his time, money and influence to eradicating polio, and how we can all help to finish the job. Since the launch of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates has become a leading figure on the international development stage, seeking innovative solutions to extreme poverty and poor health in developing countries.|
|S255E01||John O Brennan - Staying Safe in a Turbulent World||04/04/2017||John O Brennan, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, delivers the 2017 Richard Dimbleby Lecture. During his directorship, he was responsible for leading and managing intelligence collection, analysis, covert action and counterintelligence. He uses his extensive experience to assess the future prospects of security, stability and disruption in this time of global turbulence and challenge. Introduced by Jonathan Dimbleby.|
|S255E02||Lord Hailsham: Elective Dictatorship||14/10/1976||David Dimbleby introduces Lord Hailsham's lecture, in which he proposes a written constitution for the UK to limit the powers of parliament and provide a system of checks and balances.|