Melvin Konner

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Melvin Konner
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Born (1946-08-30) August 30, 1946 (age 76)
Alma materBrooklyn College, CUNY, Harvard University, Harvard Medical School
Scientific career
FieldsAnthropology, behavioral biology
InstitutionsHarvard University, Emory University
ThesisInfants of a foraging people (1973)

Melvin Joel Konner (born 1946) is an American anthropologist who is the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Anthropology and of Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology at Emory University.[1] He studied at Brooklyn College, CUNY (1966), where he met Marjorie Shostak, whom he later married and with whom he had three children. He also has a PhD from Harvard University (1973) and a MD from Harvard Medical School (1985).[2][3]

From 1985[4] on, he contributed substantially to developing the concept of a Paleolithic diet and its impact on health, publishing along with Stanley Boyd Eaton,[5][6] and later also with his wife Marjorie Shostak[7] and with Loren Cordain.[8]

Raised in an Orthodox Jewish family, Konner has stated that he lost his faith at age 17.[9]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Konner, Melvin J. (2019) Believers: Faith in Human Nature. W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 978-0393651867
  • Konner, Melvin J. (2015) Women After All: Sex, Evolution, and the End of Male Supremacy. W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 978-0393352313
  • Konner, Melvin J. (2010) The Evolution of Childhood. Cambridge, MA : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0674045668
  • Konner, Melvin J. (2009) The Jewish Body. Knopf. ISBN 978-0805242362
  • Konner, Melvin J. (2003) Unsettled: An Anthropology of the Jews. New York : Viking Compass. ISBN 978-0670032440
  • Konner, Melvin J. (2002) The Tangled Wing: Biological Constraints on the Human Spirit, 2nd ed. (original 1982) New York: Times Books. ISBN 978-0805072792
  • Konner, Melvin J. (1993) Medicine at the Crossroads: The Crisis in Healthcare. Pantheon Books. ISBN 978-0679415459
  • Konner, Melvin J. (1990) Why the Reckless Survive . . . and Other Secrets of Human Nature. New York: Viking. ISBN 978-0670829361
  • Konner, Melvin J. (1987) Becoming a Doctor: A Journey of Initiation in Medical School. New York: Viking. ISBN 978-0140111163

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Melvin Konner". Emory College of Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 21 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Miscellaneous Obituaries of Anthropologists".
  3. ^ Konner, M.D., Melvin (1987). Becoming a Doctor, A Journey of Initiation in Medical School. New York: Viking Penguin. ISBN 978-067080554-9.
  4. ^ Eaton SB, Konner M. "Paleolithic nutrition. A consideration of its nature and current implications." The New England Journal of Medicine 1985 Jan 31;312(5):283-9. PMID 2981409 doi:10.1056/NEJM198501313120505
  5. ^ Eaton SB, Konner MJ. "Stone age nutrition: implications for today." Bol Asoc Med P R. 1986 May;78(5):217-9.
  6. ^ Eaton SB, Eaton SB 3rd, Konner MJ. "Paleolithic nutrition revisited: a twelve-year retrospective on its nature and implications." Eur J Clin Nutr. 1997 Apr;51(4):207-16.
  7. ^ Eaton SB, Konner M, Shostak M. "Stone agers in the fast lane: chronic degenerative diseases in evolutionary perspective." The American Journal of Medicine 1988 Apr;84(4):739-49.
  8. ^ Eaton SB, Konner MJ, Cordain L. "Diet-dependent acid load, Paleolithic [corrected] nutrition, and evolutionary health promotion." Am J Clin Nutr. 2010 Feb;91(2):295-7.
  9. ^ Rosen, Jonathan (December 14, 2003). "So Was It Odd of God?" – via

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