Niall Shanks dies


Glenn Branch of NCSE tells us, unhappily,

Sad news from Kansas: Niall Shanks, whom many of us knew and whose God, the Devil, and Darwin all of us should know, died in July; he was only 52.

I never met Professor Shanks, but he contributed a chapter to Why Intelligent Design Fails, and I found him a pleasure to work with. I am saddened by the news. You may see NCSE’s obituary here.


My sincere condolences. He grew up in Cheshire/Lancashire near to where I am currently based. It would have been nice to have attended one of his debates. Fortunately, some were captured on video - like the one with Dembski.

The philosopher of science Niall Shanks died on July 13, 2011, at the age of 52, according to the Wichita State University Department of History. Born in Cheshire, England, on January 18, 1959, Shanks received his B.A. in philosophy from the University of Leeds in 1979, a M.Phil. in philosophy from the University of Liverpool in 1981, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Alberta in 1987. He was a member of the Department of Philosophy at Eastern Tennessee State University, where he also held positions in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Department of Physics and Astronomy. In 2005, he became the Curtis D. Gridley Distinguished Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at Wichita State University. He served as the president of the Southwestern and Rocky Mountain Division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2008-2009. Initially focused on the philosophical foundations of quantum mechanics, he became interested in evolutionary biology and its implications for biomedical research, writing (with Hugh LaFollette) Brute Science: The Dilemmas of Animal Experimentation (Routledge 1996) and Animals and Science: A Guide to the Debates (ABC-Clio 2002).

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