Jared Diamond is a professor of geography at
UCLA. Among his many awards are the National Medal of Science, the
Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, Japan's Cosmos Prize, a
MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and the Lewis Thomas Prize
honoring the Scientist as Poet, presented by The Rockefeller
University. His previous books include Why Is Sex Fun?,
The Third Chimpanzee, Collapse, and Guns,
Germs, and Steel, winner of the Pulitzer Prize.