BJØRN GRINDE (born 1952) received his education in natural sciences, psychology, and anthropology from the University of Oslo, with a Dr. Scient. (1981) and a Dr. Philos. (1984) in biology. He is presently employed as Chief Scientist at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and as a professor at the University of Oslo. His scientific production (some 120 papers) is related to genetics, microbiology, molecular biology, and human behavior. A lasting focus has been to understand the process of evolution. He has previously served as a professor at the Medical Faculty, University of Bergen, and worked as a scientist in the United States and Japan.
Human behavior has been a particular interest for almost four decades. He believes that knowledge about how evolution has shaped the human mind may help us improve conditions for mankind. This conviction has led to the publication of two popular books: one in Norwegian, Genene-Din Indre Guru (Grøndahl Dreyer, 1996), and one published in the United States, Darwinian Happiness-Evolution as a Guide for Living and Understanding Human Behavior (Darwin Press, 2002).
Besides research activities, he has been actively engaged in popularizing science-by writing articles regularly for newspapers and magazines and by participating in radio and TV programs for the Norwegian Broadcasting System. He enjoys nature, both in the human form, and in the absence of humans, with a particular fondness for mountains.