About the Author
John M. Brewer was born in 1938, grew up in a number of towns across western North America and went to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, obtaining a BA in 1960 and a PhD in 1963 in biochemistry. He spent 1963-1966 at the University of Illinois as a postdoctoral fellow. He was a regular faculty member for just over fifty years. For more than three years, he has been Professor Emeritus. He and his wife have two children. His wife, Mary Sue, has contributed to or created nearly all the covers of his books. He has over 100 academic professional publications. His hobby is reading history books.