Jared Mason Diamond was born in 1937. He is an American scientist and author whose work draws from a variety of fields. He is currently Professor of Geography and Physiology at UCLA. He is best known for the award-winning popular science books The Third Chimpanzee, Guns, Germs, and Steel, and Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. Diamond has been called a polymath.
He is married to Marie Diamond, granddaughter of Polish politician Edward Werner, and has two adult sons named Josh and Max Diamond. In 1999, he was awarded the National Medal of Science. His sister Susan Diamond writes for the Los Angeles Times. Her debut novel, What Goes Around, was published in 2007.
Jared Diamond also has an aptitude for languages