- James Damore / Facebook
James Damore, the Google engineer who was fired after writing the now infamous memo about the company’s diversity practices, has removed mention of doctoral studies in biology from his LinkedIn profile.
The Wired writer Nitasha Tiku confirmed with Harvard on Tuesday that Damore had not completed his Ph.D.
A Harvard representative confirmed to Business Insider that Damore was enrolled in the program but hadn’t completed the doctorate, though he did receive a master’s degree in biology. The representative did not say why Damore left the program, but it’s not uncommon for people to pause their doctoral studies.
Damore’s biology studies became a crux of a right-wing argument that he had credibility in claiming that biological differences between men and women explained a lack of gender diversity at Google. However, he cited shoddy data from Wikipedia and various journal articles to back up some of those claims, and Business Insider’s Dana Varinsky was able to debunk many of them.
Google fired Damore earlier this week, saying his claims about gender violated the company’s code of conduct.
Here’s what Damore’s LinkedIn profile looked like earlier this week:
And here’s what it looks like now. He removed mention of his doctoral studies and added his completed master’s degree:
Damore hasn’t responded to several requests for comment this week. Google is not commenting on the matter beyond CEO Sundar Pichai’s memo to employees Monday night.