Donald Symons

Anthropologist, Author

1942 –

68

Who is Donald Symons?

Donald Symons is an American anthropologist best known as one of the founders of evolutionary psychology, and for pioneering the study of human sexuality from an evolutionary perspective. He is one of the most cited researchers in contemporary sex research. His work is referenced by scientists investigating an extremely diverse range of sexual phenomena. Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker describes Symons' 1979 work The Evolution of Human Sexuality as a "groundbreaking book" and "a landmark in its synthesis of evolutionary biology, anthropology, physiology, psychology, fiction, and cultural analysis, written with a combination of rigor and wit. It was a model for all subsequent books that apply evolution to human affairs, particularly mine." His most recent work, with Catherine Salmon, is Warrior Lovers, an evolutionary analysis of slash fiction.

He is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Born
1942
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Employment
  • University of California, Santa Barbara

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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