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Carl Zimmer

Born: 13-Jul-1966

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Author

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea

Father: Richard Zimmer (US Congressman, b. 16-Aug-1944)
Mother: Marfy Goodspeed
Brother: Benjamin Zimmer (linguist, b. 1971)
Wife: Grace Farrell (two daughters)
Daughter: Charlotte
Daughter: Veronica

    University: BA English, Yale University (1987)

    Discover Contributing Editor (1994-98)
    Guggenheim Fellowship

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Author of books:
At the Water's Edge: Fish with Fingers, Whales with Legs, and How Life Came Ashore But Then Went Back to Sea (1998, nonfiction)
Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures (2000, nonfiction)
Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea (2001, history of science)
Soul Made Flesh: The Discovery of the Brain: And How It Changed the World (2004, nonfiction)
Smithsonian Intimate Guide to Human Origins (2005, nonfiction)
Microcosm: E. Coli and the New Science of Life (2008, nonfiction)
The Tangled Bank: An Introduction to Evolution (2009, nonfiction)
A Planet of Viruses (2011, nonfiction)
Science Ink. Tattoos of the Science Obsessed (2011, nonfiction)

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