Dr Iain Morley

Darwin College is greatly saddened to announce the death of Dr Iain Morley, who very sadly died of cancer in February 2021 at the age of 46.  He was a Research Fellow at Darwin from 2005-2008, during which period he co-organised the 2008 Darwin Lecture Series "Serendipity". 

Dr Morley specialised in Palaeolithic archaeology and evolutionary origins of music, ritual, and religious behaviour in humans. He was the author of The Prehistory of Music, and regularly spoke on the radio and contributed to television programmes. During his career, Iain excavated in Britain, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Libya, Italy and Greece.   Dr Morley joined Darwin as a Research Fellow from Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where he completed his PhD in 2004. After his time at Darwin he moved to Oxford, where he held positions at Keble College, St Hugh's College, and at the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography.