Jared Diamond is one of America's most celebrated scholars.
A professor of Geography and Physiology at the University of California,
he is equally renowned for his work in the fields of ecology and evolutionary
biology, and for his ground-breaking studies of the birds of Papua
Author of eight books and numerous academic monographs, Diamond's
best-selling The Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee won
two science prizes in 1992. It was the 1997 publication of Guns,
Germs and Steel, which sealed Diamond's global reputation.
The book has since won the Pulitzer Prize, been translated into 25
languages and sold millions of copies around the world.
The ease with which Professor Diamond can encapsulate and explain
major patterns in human history, from such an original perspective,
ensures that he remains a popular draw to lecture audiences and the
international media across the globe. His latest book, Collapse:
How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, was published in December,
2004 and quickly became a best-seller.
Born in Boston in 1937, Diamond now lives in California with his wife
and family. Here, he offers a unique
perspective on the background to, and impact of, Guns, Germs
Where to next?
Interview with Jared Diamond about his
thoughts on Africa, the message and influence of his book.
Read the www.washingtonpost.com
transcript of Jared Diamond's chat.
Jared Diamond's University
of California profile.