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Jared Diamond

Professor of Geography, UCLA

Jared Mason Diamond is an American scientist and author best known for his popular science books The Third Chimpanzee (1991), Guns, Germs, and Steel (1997), and Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed (2005).

Originally trained in physiology, Diamond’s work is known for drawing from a variety of fields, including anthropology, ecology, geography, and evolutionary biology. He is currently Professor of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has been described as “America’s best-known geographer”.

Diamond earned a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College in 1958 and a PhD on the physiology and biophysics of membranes in the gall bladder from the University of Cambridge in 1961.

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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

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The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal (P.S.)

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Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed: Revised Edition

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The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?

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Why Is Sex Fun?: The Evolution of Human Sexuality (Science Masters)

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Natural Experiments of History

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