John Light, Summer 2008
pretending to work hard on some retrospective research for a Hugo
actually written a couple of decades earlier!
(This is how I liked to imagine an author's life would be.
In reality I was scribbling on bits of paper on the daily train grind
to the bread and butter job).
[Photograph : Marilyn
John Light - Storymaker
I was born in London during a
lull in the air raids. I learned to love reading at
Elm Park County Primary School and chemistry at Newport (Essex) Grammar
School. I obtained a B.Sc. and a PhD in chemistry at the University of
Durham and met my wife there. I worked for Monsanto in Zurich, the
University of Bristol, The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority at
Amersham, and then in the Chemistry Department of Queen Mary College in
the University of London.
My wife and I lived for over 20 years in Tring on the edge of the
Chiltern Hills, where we raised our three children. Finally freed from
constraints we retreated to Berwick upon Tweed, England’s most
northerly town and the home of my maternal ancestors, where we live as
happily as the Universe allows.