About the Author
was born in New York City. After attending local schools, he enrolled at Cornell University, where he received a B.S. degree in botanical sciences. He was accepted in the graduate program at the University of California, Davis and earned a Ph.D. in genetics and plant breeding.
After serving two years in the U.S. Army, he began a long career as a plant breeder with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Salinas, CA. During that period he produced over 100 publications related to his work, including two books, numerous book chapters, review articles, and research papers. He retired in 2003, and now enjoys reading and gardening as well as writing.