Malcolm Potts, MB, BChir, PhD, FRCOG, holds the Bixby Endowed Chair at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has established the Bixby Center for Population, Health and Sustainability. A British, Cambridge-trained obstetrician and biologist, Dr. Potts has worked internationally since the late 1960s, when he became the first medical director of the London-based International Planned Parenthood Federation. In 1978, because of the United Statesí interest in international family planning, he joined Family Health International in North Carolina as President and CEO, where he initiated research on maternal mortality which helped launch the global safe motherhood initiative in 1987. He also led collaborative research in family planning, contraceptive development, and HIV prevention in 40 countries. He vividly remembers World War II near London, and his professional work has taken him to many war torn situations including humanitarian work in Bangladesh immediately after the War of Liberation, Cambodia during Pol Potís attack on the capital and to Afghanistan, Angola, Gaza, Liberia, Ethiopia, Sudan, and Sri Lanka. Dr. Potts has written 12 books and published over 350 papers and articles. Two recent books are Queen Victoriaís Gene, tracking the hemophilia gene in the British royal family; and Ever Since Adam and Eve: The Evolution of Human Sexuality. His newest book with co-author Thomas Hayden, is titled Sex and War: How Biology Explains Warfare and Terrorism and Offers a Path to a Safer World.
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