The author of Outliers. Gladwell is a journalist who, at the time of writing Outliers, had published two other books, Blink and The Tipping Point. He occasionally refers to his own perceptions and discusses interviews that he has conducted, but his perspective becomes most prominent in the book's epilogue, "A Jamaican Story," which records Gladwell's own family history.
A physician who studied the exceptional health of the residents of Roseto, Pennsylvania.
An influential computer programmer and the co-founder of Sun Microsystems.
The founder of Microsoft, and a man who benefited from early exposure to programming technology.
A man with an exceptionally high IQ and remarkable learning aptitudes. Langan never earned a college degree or achieved any major form of professional recognition, at least beyond his appearance on the game show 1 vs. 100 and his profile in Outliers.
A researcher and psychology professor who conducted a study of individuals with high IQs.
A celebrated physicist who became the director of the Manhattan Project.
An ambitious New York Jewish lawyer who became a named partner at the firm of Skadden & Arps.
A New York garment worker who became an entrepreneur.
The Howards and the Turners
Two violently feuding families from Harlan County, Kentucky.
Dov Cohen and Richard Nisbett
Two University of Michigan psychologists who linked patterns of aggression in American men to regional origins.
An experienced pilot and something of a specialist on the role of human interaction and communication in airline operations.
A Dutch psychologist who created a system for distinguishing cultures based on psychological traits.
A Delta Airlines official who was brought in to reform the practices and procedures followed by Korean Air.
A woman who, under the supervision of mathematics professor Alan Schoenfeld, performed an experiment using a mathematics software program.
A KIPP student who contributes testimony about her life to Outliers.
Malcolm Gladwell's grandfather.
Daisy Ford (originally Nation)
Malcolm Gladwell's grandmother.
Outliers Questions and Answers
The Question and Answer section for Outliers is a great
resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
All the outliers we've looked at so far were the beneficiaries of some kind of unusual opportunity. Lucky breaks don't seem like the exception with software billionaires and rock bands and star athletes. They seem like the rule.