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Jared Diamond

Jared Diamond is an author, physiologist, evolutionary biologist and bio geographer, as well as a medical researcher and professor of geography at UCLA.

He is the author of Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed and the widely acclaimed Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, which won him a Pulitzer Prize as well as Britain's 1998 Rhone-Poulenc Science Book Prize. His book, "The Third Chimpanzee" was a best-selling award winner. Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, Professor Diamond is a MacArthur Fellow who has published over 200 articles in Discover, Natural History, Nature and Geo magazines.

Diamond is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (Genius Award); research prizes and grants from the American Physiological Society, National Geographic Society, and Zoological Society of San Diego; and many teaching awards and endowed public lectureships. In addition, he has been elected a member of all three of the leading national scientific/academic honorary societies—National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and American Philosophical Society.

Diamond's field experience includes 22 expeditions to New Guinea and neighboring islands to study ecology and evolution of birds; the rediscovery of New Guinea's long-lost golden fronted bowerbird; and other field projects in North America, South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia. As a conservationist, he devised a comprehensive plan for Indonesian New Guinea's national park system. He has also taken part in numerous field projects for the Indonesian government and World Wildlife Fund. He is a founding member of the board of the Society of Conservation Biology and a member of the board of directors of World Wildlife Fund/USA and Conservation International.

Jared Diamond was interviewed by Sarah Hrdy, professor emerita at the University of California-Davis. A former Guggenheim fellow, she has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the California Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.

Hrdy’s books include The Langurs of Abu: Female and Male Strategies of Reproduction; The Woman that Never Evolved, selected by the New York Times as one of the Notable Books of the Year in 1981; Mother Nature: A History of Mothers, Infants and Natural Selection which won the Howells Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Biological Anthropology and was chosen by both Publisher’s Weekly and Library Journal as one of the “Best Books of 1999", and Mothers and Others: The Evolutionary Origins of Mutual Understanding, an exploration of psychological implications of humankind’s long legacy of shared child-rearing which is being awarded the 2012 J.I. Staley Prize from the School of Advanced Research.

Sarah Hrdy is also co-editor of Infanticide: Comparative and Evolutionary Perspectives and together with Sue Carter and others of Attachment and Bonding: A New Synthesis.

Hrdy graduated summa cum laude from Radcliffe College and earned her doctorate in Anthropology from Harvard.