Matthew Cobb

Professor of Zoology at the University of Manchester. He studies the genetic basis of behaviour, in particular how animals detect chemical signals – smells, tastes and pheromones. For seven years he studied the behaviour of ants, and he teaches Hamilton’s Rule to first, second and third year undergraduates. He is also interested in the history of science and is the author of The Egg & Sperm Race: The Seventeenth Century Scientists Who Unravelled the Truth about Sex, Life and Growth.