Alan Rayner - A Brief Biography
Alan Rayner was born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1950. He obtained BA and PhD degrees in Natural Sciences at King’s College, Cambridge and has been a Reader in Biology at the University of Bath.
Alan is an enthusiastic natural scientist, artist and writer. He has published around 160 scientific articles, over 80 internet-downloadable essays, 8 formal academic books (including The Origin of Life Patterns – In the Natural Inclusion of Space in Flux, Springer, 2017, Degrees of Freedom - Living in Dynamic Boundaries, Imperial College Press, 1997 and NaturesScope – Unlocking Our Natural Empathy and Creativity, O Books, 2011 ), a 3 volume multi-author e-book and seven Internet-downloadable books. He has contributed to a variety of science- and art-based TV and radio broadcasts and presented many seminars and conference papers as well as co-convening several international conferences and symposia. Since spring 2000, he has been pioneering a fluid new way of understanding self-identity and ecological and evolutionary diversity and sustainability, based on ‘natural inclusion’ - the mutual inclusion of space and energy as receptive and informative presences in all distinguishable natural occurrences.
Alan was President of the British Mycological Society in 1998 and has been a BP Venture Research Fellow and a Miller Visiting Research Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2010, and President of Bath Natural History Society in 2012. Further information and downloadable publications can be found via http://www.naturalinclusion.org and http://www.bestthinking.com.