Jared Diamond is a professor of
geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. He began his scientific
career in physiology and expanded into evolutionary biology and biogeography.
He has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy
of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. Among Dr.
Diamond’s many awards are the National Medal of Science, the Tyler Prize for Environmental
Achievement, Japan’s Cosmos Prize, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and the
Lewis Thomas Prize honoring the Scientist as Poet, presented by Rockefeller
University. He has published more than two hundred articles and his book Guns, Germs, and Steel was awarded the