Author: Padma Venkatraman

I was born in India and grew up there. At the age of 19, I moved abroad and came to the United States to pursue a graduate degree in oceanography. I was the youngest, by far, at the College of William and Mary (where I conducted my doctoral research). There I found that although I loved mathematics and science, I also continued to love the world of words.

I've had a most interesting life: among other things, I've spent time diving off the coast of the Andaman Islands, worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Johns Hopkins University's School of Engineering, led and directed a school in England, and acted as chief scientist on research cruises on the Baltic. But more than all this, I love and enjoy the process of writing.

Why? Because I think the science I may have done could be done by someone else. And because, during the process of writing , I feel a little as if, to put in in the words of the philosopher J. Krishnamurthi, "the mind is in the heart".