Jared Diamond, born in Boston on September 10, 1937, is a professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His father was a physician, and his mother was a linguist, which might explain both his love of science and his ability to write about it. Diamond earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in 1958 and his doctorate at the University of Cambridge in England three years later. His special interests today involve evolutionary biology, physiology, and biogeography.
Diamond’s career in science has taken him on many expeditions around the...
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