Tim Severin was born in 1940 and educated at Tonbridge School and Oxford University. He has sailed a leather boat across the North Atlantic in the wake of Saint Brendan, captained an Arab sailing ship from Muscat to China, and steered the replica of a Bronze Age galley to investigate the stories of Jason and the Argonauts and Ulysses' Odyssey. He holds the Founder's Medal of the Royal Geographical Society, awarded in1 1986 for outstanding services to exploration and geographic history. In 1988, the Royal Scottish Geographical Society presented him with the Livingstone Gold Medal. When not travelling Tim Severin lives in County Cork, Ireland.