Professor of Geography
Distinguished Visiting Professor, Sungkyunkwan University
Jared Diamond is a professor of geography at UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles) and a visiting distinguished professor at Sungkyunkwan University, known for his breadth of interests, which involves conducting research and teaching in three other fields: the biology of New Guinea birds, digestive physiology, and conservation biology. His major research interests are geography and human society, and biogeography. He is a Pulitzer-prize-winning author of five best-selling books, translated into 38 languages, about human societies and human evolution: Guns, Germs, and Steel, Collapse, Why Is Sex Fun? The Third Chimpanzee, and The World until Yesterday. His most recent book is Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis. His prizes and honors include the U.S. National Medal of Science, the Pulitzer Prize for Non-fiction, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Science, and election to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He is a director of World Wildlife Fund/U.S. and of Conservation International. As a biological explorer, his most widely publicized finding was his rediscovery, at the top of New Guinea’s remote Foja Mountains, of the long-lost Golden-fronted Bowerbird, previously known only from four specimens found in a Paris feather shop in 1895.