Ian Stewart was born in 1945 and educated at Cambridge (MA) and Warwick (PhD). He is an Emeritus Professor in the Mathematics Department at Warwick University, where he divides his time equally between research into nonlinear dynamics and furthering public awareness of mathematics. He is also an Emeritus Professor of Gresham College, London. He has held visiting positions in Germany, New Zealand, and the USA. He has five honorary doctorates (Open University, Westminster, Louvain, Kingston, and Brighton) and is an honorary wizard of Unseen University on Discworld.
He is best known for his popular science writing—mainly on mathematical themes. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2001.
He has published more than 80 books. He has also collaborated with Terry Pratchett and Jack Cohen on the series The Science of Discworld I, II, III, and IV, all of which reached number 1 or 2 in the Sunday Times bestseller list.
He is also a critically acclaimed science-fiction author. He has published a number of SF short stories (several in Nature) as well as the novels Wheelers and Heaven (with Jack Cohen) and the eBook Jack of All Trades.
He is an active research mathematician with over 180 pubished papers, and currently works on pattern formation, chaos, network dynamics, and biomathematics. He lives in Coventry, UK, and is married (44 years and counting) with two sons and three grandchildren.