Author and Cancer Physician Siddhartha Mukherjee to Speak at Duke Nov. 28

His Pulitzer Prize-winning book chronicles the evolution of cancer over 5,000 years

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee will discuss his book, "The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer," at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, in Duke University's Page Auditorium. 

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required and available through the Duke Box Office at Copies of the book will be available for sale.

Mukherjee is a leading cancer physician and researcher at Columbia University. "The Emperor of All Maladies," which took 10 years to write, is a chronicle of cancer from its first appearances 5,000 years ago to the epic battles of modern times to cure, control and conquer it. Mukherjee examines the shape-shifting disease with a cellular biologist's precision, a historian's perspective and a biographer's passion. 

The book won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction and was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2010 by The New York Times.

A Rhodes scholar, Mukherjee graduated from Stanford University, the University of Oxford, and Harvard Medical School. He has published articles in Nature, The New England Journal of Medicine, The New York Times and The New Republic. 

Mukherjee will be delivering the Weaver Memorial Lecture, hosted every other year by the Duke University Libraries in memory of William B. Weaver, a 1972 Duke graduate and former member of the Library Advisory Board. The event is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Office of the Chancellor for Health Affairs, the Duke Department of Medicine and the Duke Cancer Institute.