Lancelot Hogben was born at Southsea in 1895. He became a scholar of Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1912. By profession he is a biologist; and has been a professor at universities in South Africa, the United States, London and Aberdeen. He has travelled far afield on four continents, having visited Japan and Hawaii. He is the author of a monumental work of popularization, Science for the Citizen, and of several volumes of essays on educational topics, notably Dangerous Thoughts. He is married to Enid Charles, the well-known population statistician, and has four children.