Colin Tudge was born in London in 1943; educated at Dulwich College, 1954-61; and read zoology at Peterhouse, Cambridge, 1962-65.
Ever since then he has earned a living by spasmodic broadcasting and a lot of writing—mainly books these days, but with occasional articles. He has a special interest in natural history in general, evolution and genetics, food and agriculture, and spends a great deal of time on philosophy (especially moral philosophy, the philosophy of science, and the relationship between science and religion).
He has two daughters, one son, and four granddaughters, and lives in Oxford with his wife, Ruth (nee West).
In 2009, CT and Ruth launched their Campaign for Real Farming (www.campaignforrealfarming.org), which incorporates the College for Enlightened Agriculture. Then in January 2010, together with Graham Harvey, they organized the first Oxford Real Farming Conference, which now has become an annual event.
Journalism and Broadcasting
Colin Tudge wrote for various magazines during the 1960s and '70s, including Farmer's Weekly and New Scientist.
He was Features Editor of New Scientist, 1980-85, and worked as a presenter for BBC Radio 3 from 1985-1990 (particularly “Science on 3” and “Spectrum”, plus numerous documentaries from Europe, India, the United States, South Africa, Australia), and has been freelance since 1990.
He wrote annual scientific reports for the British government's Agriculture and Food Research Council 1987-1990.
His television appearances include “Horizon”, “Equinox”, “Newsnight”, Open University, etc.
Radio appearances include “Start the Week”, “In Our Time”, “The Food Programme”, “The Moral Maze”, “Nightwaves”, “Front Row”, etc.
His print journalism includes articles for The New Statesman, Nature, The Times, The Independent, The Independent on Sunday, The Guardian, New Scientist, Resurgence, The Daily Mail, The London Review of Books, Natural History, BBC Wildlife Magazine, Index for Free Expression, and pieces for the Archbishop's Council, the Council of Europe, The Royal Society of Arts, and The Royal Shakespeare Company.
Lecturing and Teaching
Colin Tudge has given many lectures and seminars in recent years, largely on the philosophy and ethics of modern biological endeavours including biotech, agriculture, aspects of conservation, and sometimes on science communication.
Venues for these talks have included Durham Cathedral; St Mary-Le-Bow, Cheapside; the National Theatre; the Zoological Society of London; the Sanger Centre, Cambridge; Peterhouse, Cambridge; the Linnean Society of London; the Royal Society; the Royal Society of Medicine; The Royal Institution; The Royal Society of Arts; the Oxford Union; various presentations for the Darwin Seminars, London School of Economics; the University of Leeds; the University of East Anglia; The Eden Project, Cornwall; The Macaulay Institute, Aberdeen; The Iracambi Rainforest Research Centre, Brazil; the Forestry Research Institute, Dehra Dun, India; various conferences in Australia and the United States; and so on.
Special presentations include the Eve Balfour lecture, London and Edinburgh 2005; the Future of Agriculture for the Policy Foresight Programme at the James Martin Institute, Oxford, 2006; St Paul's Cathedral 2006; the Scottish Crofting Foundation, Shetland, 2006; and the John Macmurray lecture, Oxford, 2006.
He has made regular appearances on MSc and other courses at Imperial College, London; the Durrell Centre at the University of Kent; the Summer School at Jersey Zoo; the Reuter's Foundation at Oxford University; and taught at Schumacher College, during February 2003.
He has lectured and taken part in debates for the British Council in New Zealand and China (University of Beijing) in 2000: Malta 2001; Rome 2001; Madrid 2001; and Latvia (Riga), in 2004.
He has also taken part in debates on cloning and related matters for the Franco-British Council, 2002, and the Council of Europe, 2003.
Colin Tudge was a delegate to the New Nutrition Science Conference, Giessen, Germany in 2005 and to the World Animal Forum, Turin, Italy, in 2007.
He has taken part in science and book festivals in New Zealand at Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin etc, 2000; the BAAS, Glasgow, 2001; Oxford 2002, 2004, 2006; Hay on Wye 2002, 2004, 2006; Dartington, 2002, 2004, 2006; Aberdeen, 2002; Edinburgh 2001 and 2003; Southwold 2003; IGER 2004; Cheltenham 2004; and Ilkley, 2006.
Fellowships and Memberships
Zoological Society of London: Scientific Fellow 1972-94; Member of the Fellow’s Reform Group 1990; Member of Council 1992-1994.
Fellow of the Linnean Society of London since 1995.
Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for the Philosophy of the Natural and Social Sciences, London School of Economics 1995-2005.
Member of the Common Room, Green College, Oxford since 2002.
Member of the Natural History Museum/Nottingham University/ZSL Frozen Ark committee 2002-2005.
Adviser to the Iracambi Atlantic Rainforest Research and Conservation Center since 2004.
Director, Food Ethics Council since 2005.
Adviser to the Pari Centre for New Learning, Tuscany, since 2005.
Member of Council of the Farm Animal Welfare Trust, Oxford, since 2006.
Co-founder member of the Campaign for Real Farming and the College for Enlightened Agriculture, 2009