Kew awards international medal to Jared Diamond

The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew has announced that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond has won the Kew International Medal.

The award was first established in 2009 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Kew Gardens and is given to individuals who have made a significant contribution to science and conservation.

Kew director of public engagement and learning Professor Angela McFarlane said: "We are absolutely delighted to honour Jared Diamond with the Kew International Medal.

"There is a clear message at the heart of his straightforward and, at times, unsettling view about the success – and failure – of societies, which goes hand in hand with Kew’s global efforts to conserve plant diversity through projects such as the Millennium Seed Bank partnership."

Diamond is a professor of geography at the University of California and author of books including Guns, Germs, and Steel, Collapse and The World Until Yesterday.


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