An American scientist and author, he is best known for popular, science-themed works such as The Third Chimpanzee and The World Until Yesterday. His 1997 book, Guns, Germs, and Steel, won the Pulitzer Prize.
He graduated from Harvard and subsequently received a degree in physiology and biophysics from Trinity College, University of Cambridge.
He taught in the geography department at the University of California-Los Angeles.
He was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He had twin sons with his wife Marie.
Anne McCaffrey is another famous author from Massachusetts.