Francisco J Ayala biography
Born 1934 in Madrid, Spain.
Ordained as a Dominican priest in 1960 but left the order the same year and moved to US.
Married with two grown-up sons.
Called the Renaissance Man of Evolutionary Biology, known for his research on population and evolutionary genetics.
His discoveries have opened up research into many diseases, including Chagas disease, which affects up to 18 million people in South America.
Publicly critical of US restrictions on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.
Is critical of creationism and intelligent design theories.
Argues belief in evolution does not rule out belief in God.