Adam Rutherford Net Worth 2023, Age, Wife, Partner, Children, Height, Family, Salary

Adam Rutherford

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Adam Rutherford is a British geneticist and science populariser. He was an audio-visual content editor for the journal Nature for a decade and is a frequent contributor to the newspaper The Guardian. Rutherford hosts the BBC Radio 4 programs Inside Science and (with Hannah Fry) The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry; has produced several science documentaries; and has published books related to genetics and the origin of life. He is an honorary senior research associate in the division of biosciences at University College London. Rutherford became President of Humanists UK in June 2022 succeeding former President, Alice Roberts.

Early life

NameAdam Rutherford
Net Worth$3 million
Age48 years
Adam Rutherford net worth

Adam David Rutherford was born in January 1975 (age 48 years) in Ipswich, United Kingdom. Rutherford, who is half-Guyanese Indian, was born in Ipswich in the East of England and attended Ipswich School. He was admitted to the medical school at University College London, but transferred to a degree in evolutionary genetics, including a project under Steve Jones studying stalk-eyed flies. He was awarded a Ph.D. in genetics in 2002 by University College London for research completed at the UCL Institute of Child Health at Great Ormond Street Hospital supervised by Jane Sowden.

Rutherford’s Ph.D. investigated the role of the gene CHX10 on eye development, with a focus on the effect of mutations in this gene on the development of eye disorders. Rutherford’s other academic research was also on genetic causes of eye disorders, including the relation of retinoschisin to retinoschisis, the role of mutations of the gene CRX in retinal dystrophy, and the role of the gene CHX10 in microphthalmia in humans and mice.


Adam Rutherford published a book on the topic of the creation of life. The United Kingdom printing has been called “two books in one”, since Creation: The Origin of Life and Creation: The Future of Life are printed back-to-back so that one can read the book from either end. Among its topics, the first part of the book argues in support of the theory, first proposed by Thomas Gold, that life emerged not in primordial warm ponds, but in extremophile conditions in the deep ocean, while the second part discusses synthetic biology – the use of genetic modification to create new organisms. In the U.S., this book is published in a more conventional format with the title Creation: How Science Is Reinventing Life Itself.

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Rutherford was also one of the authors whose works are included in the compilation The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas. He was the Podcast Editor and the audio-video editor for the journal Nature until 2013, being responsible for all the publication’s published audio, video, and podcasts. He also published audio interviews with notable personalities, including Paul Bettany on his role-playing Charles Darwin in the movie Creation, and David Attenborough in his documentary Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life. He wrote editorials on other diverse topics ranging from the overlap of Art and Science to reviews of science-themed movies.

He is a frequent contributor to The Guardian, writing primarily on science topics. He wrote a blog series covering his thoughts and analysis while re-reading Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and has written articles supporting the teaching of evolution in schools, and criticizing the teaching of creationism as science.

He also writes on religion, notably a 10-part series on his experience participating in the Alpha course, and on New Age themes and alternative medicine, including a review critical of Rupert Sheldrake’s A New Science of Life, and criticism of the lack of controls on advertising claims for homeopathy. As a guest writer, he published an article in Wired on the possibility of using DNA for information storage. Rutherford has returned to University College London, where he is an honorary senior research associate in the division of biosciences and teaches courses on genetics and communications.

Adam Rutherford frequently appears on BBC science programs, on both radio and television. Since 2013, he has been the host of the program Inside Science on BBC Radio 4. In 2012 he was featured on the series Horizon on BBC Two television in the documentary Playing God, which covered synthetic biology using the example of the “Spider Goat”, a goat genetically modified to produce spider silk in its milk.

In 2011 he presented, on BBC Four, The Gene Code, a two-part series on the implications of the decoding of the human genome, and his documentary, Science Betrayed, detailed the story of the discredited link between the MMR vaccine and autism. In 2010, The Cell, his three-part series on the discovery of cells and the development of cell biology, presented on BBC Four, was included in The Daily Telegraph’s list of “10 classic science programs”. In 2006, Discovery Science produced the six-episode TV series Men in White, in which three scientists, Rutherford, Basil Singer and Jem Stansfield, applied science to the solution of everyday problems.

He also appeared in BBC Radio 4’s The Infinite Monkey Cage, with physicist Brian Cox, physician and science writer Ben Goldacre, author Simon Singh, musician Tim Minchin, and comedians Helen Arney and Robin Ince, and with The Infinite Monkey Cage Tour, the live show based on the program. Rutherford is a frequent guest on the Little Atoms radio chat show, and he has also acted as a science advisor on programs such as The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, and the film World War Z.

In 2011 Adam Rutherford conceived and directed Space Shuttles United, a video and musical tribute to all the Space Shuttle missions. He co-presents The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry with mathematician Hannah Fry. As of 2022, the program is airing its 19th series on BBC Radio 4. In late 2022, he presented the series Bad Blood: The Story of Eugenics, on BBC Radio 4. The series is based on his book, Control: The Dark History and Troubling Present of Eugenics.

Adam Rutherford was an invited speaker at the QED conference in Manchester in 2013, and at the 2013 North East Postgraduate Conference, and delivered the 11th Douglas Adams Memorial Lecture at the Royal Geographical Society in London for Save the Rhino International. In 2012, he delivered the annual Darwin Day Lecture for Humanists UK. In 2019, he delivered the Humanists UK Voltaire Lecture; the lecture formed the basis of his future book How to Argue With a Racist.

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Rutherford was a judge and host of the award ceremonies for the 2012 and 2013 Google Science Fairs. In June 2017, Rutherford participated in a public discussion with Alan Alda at the University of Dundee, on the occasion of Alda’s receiving an honorary degree from that institution. In November 2017, he participated in a debate with Robert Winston on the subject of superhumans at the University of Southampton.


Adam Rutherford is married to his longtime girlfriend Georgia Rutherford, they had their wedding in the United Kingdom. His partner is a private person and they have three children together. However, he is a founding member of the Celeriac XI Cricket club. Rutherford is a frequent speaker at scientific and academic events and a guest at local science and skeptical events, such as Skeptics in the Pub. As of early 2023, Adam Rutherford and his wife Georgia Rutherford are still married and living a happy life with their three children.

Adam Rutherford net worth

How much is Adam Rutherford worth? Adam Rutherford’s net worth is estimated at around $3 million. His main source of income is from his primary work as a geneticist and science populariser. Adam Rutherford’s salary per month and other career earnings are over $400,000 dollars annually. His remarkable achievements have earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy car trips. He is one of the richest and most influential geneticists in the United Kingdom. He stands at an appealing height of 1.75m and has a good body weight which suits his personality.