David M. Raup
Department of the Geophysical Sciences
University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois 60637 USA

David Raup is the Avery Distinguished Service Professor (emeritus) of Geophysical Sciences, Evolutionary Biology, and The Conceptual Foundations of Science at the University of Chicago. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. He is currently a member of the Science Board of the Santa Fe Institute.

Raup's principal research interests have included (in approximate chronological order): microevolutionary change in Tertiary echinoids, crystallography and morphogenesis of the echinoderm skeleton, modeling and simulation of morphology, and synoptic studies of Phanerozoic diversity and patterns of extinction. From this work have come numerous research papers and several books, including Handbook of Paleontological Techniques (1963, with B. Kummel), Principles of Paleontology (1971, 1978, with S. Stanley), The Nemesis Affair: a Story of the Death of Dinosaurs and the Ways of Science (1986, 1999), and Extinction: Bad Genes or Bad Luck? (1991). He now resides in retirement with his wife, Judith Yamamoto, on a remote island in Lake Michigan.