Malcolm Gladwell Biography

Malcolm Gladwell is a famous author, journalist and speaker. Go through this biography to learn more about his profile, childhood, life and timeline.

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Birthday: September 3, 1963

Nationality: American

Famous: Quotes By Malcolm Gladwell Writers

Age: 56 Years, 56 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Virgo

Also Known As: Malcolm Timothy Gladwell CM

Born in: Fareham, Hampshire, United Kingdom

Famous as: Writer, Journalist


father: Graham Gladwell

mother: Joyce (Nation) Gladwell

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education: University of Waterloo, Ontario High School

awards: 2007 - American Sociological Association's first Award for Excellence in the Reporting of Social Issues

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Malcolm Gladwell is an award-winning English-Canadian, author, journalist and speaker. He is an active contributor and staff writer for ‘The New Yorker’ and has penned several best-sellers including, ‘The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference’, ‘Outliers: The Story of Success’, ‘What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures’ to name a few. His themes are usually centered on fronting unanticipated insinuations of investigation in social sciences. He also frequently cites academic work that revolves around the subject areas of psychology, social psychology and sociology. Apart from his works, he won a national magazine award and was honored with a number of illustrious accolades, including being honored with the ‘Member of the Order of Canada’. His work work is toppling the popular understanding of bias, crime, food, marketing, race, consumers and intelligence.. His works are also known for revealing the reality concealed behind the strange data. Gladwell has written a total of five books, out of which four have become instant best-sellers. Apart from writing, he is known to be an amazing speaker.

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Childhood & Early Life
  • In 1987, he began covering news pertaining to business and science for ‘The Washington Post’, where he worked for almost a decade, quitting in 1996.
  • After he quit working for ‘The Washington Post’, he began work with ‘The New Yorker’, where his first assignment was to write a piece about fashion. Instead of writing about fashion, he chose to write about a man who produced t-shirts, which he found more interesting to write.
  • In 1996, he shot to fame with two articles that he wrote for ‘The New Yorker’; ‘The Tipping Point’ and ‘The Coolhunt’. These two articles became the basis for his first novel, ‘The Tipping Point’, which was written four years later.
  • In 2002, he wrote an article for ‘The New Yorker’ based on the concept of ‘The Talent Myth’. This article directly appraised the administrative techniques that successful people used and vice versa.
  • In 2005, he authored his second book, ‘Blink’. Three years later, he published his third work, ‘Outliers’, which is a book about how an individual’s success is related to personal determination and inspiration.
  • In 2009, he published one of his best-selling works, ‘What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures’. The book is a compilation of his articles published in The New Yorker.
  • He published his fifth book, ‘David and Goliath’ in 2013. The book scrutinizes the melee between preferences and small fry. He is also writing the script for an upcoming television drama, ‘The Missionary’.
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Major Works
  • ‘The Tipping Point’, published in 2000 is regarded as his best-known works. This went on to become an international best-seller and was named as one of the ‘best books of the decade’ by customers, ‘The Guardian’, ‘The Times’ and ‘The A.V. Club’.
  • ‘Blink’, which was published in 2005 was an international best-seller and was included in the Fast Company’s list of ‘Best Business Books of 2005’. Combined with ‘The Tipping Point’, both the books sold nearly 4.5 million copies around the world.
  • ‘Outliers’ was published in 2008 and spent approximately 11 weeks in the number 1 position on ‘The New York Times’ list and was also included in Times’ list of ‘best non-fiction books of 2008’.
Awards & Achievements
  • In 2005, he was included in the ‘Time’ list of one of the ‘100 most influential people’.
  • In 2007, he won the American Sociological Association’s first award for ‘Excellence in the Reporting of Social Issues’.
  • He was appointed to the ‘Order of Canada’ in 2011.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • His curly hair attracted a lot of negative attention from the police who began charging him speeding tickets for no apparent reason, which Gladwell cites in one of his works.
  • This English-Canadian novelist and speaker was once buttonholed by three policemen in Manhattan, when his curly hair matched the description of that of a rapist who was on the loose.

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