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Jared Diamond

Jared M. Diamond (born September 10, 1937) is an American evolutionary biologist, physiologist, and biogeographer. As of June 2004, he is professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles, and was formerly professor of physiology at the UCLA School of Medicine.


Scientific work and books

Diamond is best known as an author of popular science works that combine anthropology, biology and history. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1998 for his book Guns, Germs and Steel, which proposes that geographic and environmental factors were the ultimate cause of the rise of Western hegemony in the world, and today he is one of the best-known opponents of genetic arguments for racial differences. Nevertheless, Diamond's early work included a paper entitled "Ethnic differences: Variation in human testis size", in which he investigated correlations between possible racial variations in testicular size and hormone levels and argued that testicular size and hormone levels were highest among African populations and lowest in East Asian, with Caucasian populations falling between the two.[1]

Scholastic positions

Diamond is also a member of the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences.


  • Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed (2004) ISBN 0670033375
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel Reader's Companion (2003) ISBN 1586638637
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies (1997) ISBN 0393317552
  • Why Is Sex Fun?: The Evolution of Human Sexuality (1997) ISBN 0465031269
  • The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal (1992) ISBN 0060984031


  • Curse and Blessing of the Ghetto (March 1991) Discover, pp.60-65

External links

  • Diamond's page at the UCLA school of medicine
  • Diamond biography at The Edge
  • EvoWiki: Jared Diamond
  • The Third Culture, HOW TO GET RICH, A Talk by Jared Diamond, the natural history of becoming rich
  • "Ethnic differences: Variation in human testis size" — an early paper by Jared Diamond.

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