Jared Diamond is one of America's most celebrated scholars. He is a professor of Geography and Physiology at the University of California, and is equally renowned for his work in the fields of ecology and evolutionary biology, and for his groundbreaking studies of the birds of Papua New Guinea. He has authored eight books and numerous academic monographs, and his best-selling The Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee won two science prizes in 1992. It was his1997 publication of Guns, Germs and Steel, which sealed Diamond's global reputation. The book has since won the Pulitzer Prize, been translated into 25 languages and sold millions of copies around the world.