About the Author: Daniel Goleman '68

Dan Goleman '68

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Daniel Goleman

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Place of Birth
Stockton, CA

Amherst BA, Harvard MA and Ph.D.

Why did you choose to come to Amherst?
Tom Zuckerman, a friend from myCalifornia hometown had just graduated, and raved about the place. I had never seen it before my first day of freshman year.

Favorite (most memorable or most influential) class at Amherst
Freshman English.

Favorite (most memorable or most influential) professor
Haskell Coplin, the college psychologist, who sponsored my Independent Scholar project, and led me into clinical psychology for grad school.

Research Interests?
I harvest other people’s research – I’m a science journalist.

Awards and Prizes
This and that. Nothing very impressive.

Favorite Book
100 Years of Solitude

Favorite Author
Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Tips for aspiring writers?
Learn from being edited.

Tell us a bit about your path to becoming an author
Serendipitous. I was a visiting lecturer at Harvard after having finished by Ph.D there, and my contract was up. T George Harris, then editor of Psychology Today, invited me to join the staff, and I thought I’d try journalism. Never looked back.