Marek Kohn

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Marek Kohn is a British science writer on evolution, biology and society. His first two books were on drugs, their cultural history, and their politics. He is the author of seven books and hundreds of articles.[1] He holds an undergraduate degree in neurobiology from the University of Sussex, a PhD from the University of Brighton and has held fellowships at both schools. He is currently an honorary research fellow with the latter.[2] His writing has appeared in The Independent, New Scientist, Prospect, Financial Times, and The Guardian, and he writes frequently for the New Statesman.

Kohn's book, A Reason for Everything (2004), has received widespread praise, including Steve Jones' stating in his Nature review that "every evolutionist should read it,"[3] and Andrew Brown,[4] author of the Darwin Wars, writing in his Guardian review, "one of the best science writers we have."[5]

In 1999, Kohn had proposed, together with the archaeologist Steven Mithen, the so-called "sexy hand-axe hypothesis."[6]

Following the publication of his name in a list of persons invited to participate in Steve Sailer's Human Biodiversity Group discussion pages, Kohn wrote to Lynn Conway to dissociate himself from many of the participants' scientific and political views.[7]

Kohn has also written about the possible future effects of climate change on Britain's landscape and society; health inequalities; the evolutionary psychology of trust; and Poles in British society. Kohn is also the author of a guide to the Wellcome Collection.

In December 2014 Kohn also contributed to the BBC Radio4 'Live Documentary' 'Palace of Great War Varieties' presented by Matthew Sweet [8]

Kohn resides in Brighton with his wife, Sue Matthias Kohn, with whom he has a son.


  • Turned Out Nice: How the British Isles will Change as the World Heats Up (2010)
  • Trust: Self-Interest and the Common Good
  • A Reason For Everything: Natural Selection and the English Imagination (2004)
  • As We Know It: Coming to Terms with an Evolved Mind (1999)
  • The Race Gallery: The Return of Racial Science (1995; re-released 1996)
  • Dope Girls: The Birth of the British Drug Underground (1992; re-released 2003)
  • Narcomania: On Heroin (1987)


  1. ^ Marek Kohn's "What I Do" Archived 2005-03-05 at the Wayback Machine (at his NTL World website Archived 2006-01-06 at the Wayback Machine).
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-11-24. Retrieved 2015-11-23. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "When giants walked the Earth" (review by Steve Jones, Nature, September 2, 2004, p. 21) [paid or subscriber view only].
  4. ^ Andrew Brown's "Who I Am" (at his Darwin Wars website).
  5. ^ "Thinking big: Marek Kohn's study of the men behind Darwinism" (review by Andrew Brown, The Guardian, September 18, 2004).
  6. ^ Steven Mithen, The Singing Neanderthals, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 2005, pp. 188-191.
  7. ^ Lynn Conway, Interim investigative report on Bailey's affiliations and ideological associations (at her University Michigan site).
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