Robert R. Bensley Distinguished Service Professor of Anatomy, University of Chicago
American Academy Distinguished Visitor and Kurt Viermetz Distinguished Visitor - Class of Spring 2007 and Class of Spring 2021
Neil Shubin is the Robert R. Bensley Distinguished Service Professor of Anatomy at The University of Chicago and Senior Advisor to the Provost of the University on the life sciences. Interested in the major transitions in the history of life, he both leads fossil expeditions around the world and heads a molecular biology laboratory studying the great transitions in the history of life. Shubin’s team is widely known for the discovery of Tiktaalik roseae, an ancient fish right at the cusp of the transition to land 375 million years ago. He is the author of three books, Your Inner Fish (2009), The Universe Within (2011), and Some Assembly Required (2020). Shubin also served as presenter and scientific advisor for the Emmy Award Winning three part PBS miniseries Your Inner Fish, derived from his book of the same title. He has received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Biology Teachers and the Science Communication Award from the National Academy of Sciences. Shubin is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the California Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and Member of the National Academy of Sciences, to which he was elected in 2011.