Jared Diamond

Background

Visiting Professor at LUISS University

Jared Diamond is 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 his many awards are the National Medal of Science, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, Japan’s Cosmo Prize, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and the Lewis Thomas Prize Honoring the Scientist as Poet, presented by Rockefeller University. He has published more than six hundred articles and his book, Guns, Germs, and Steel, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. In 2005, Prof. Diamond was ranked ninth on a poll by Prospect and Foreign Policy of the world’s top 100 public intellectuals. Among his bestsellers books: The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution And Future of the Human Animal; Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies; Collapse, How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed; Natural Experiments of History; The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis.