Robert Black grew up in Indianapolis, where his parents were both high school math teachers. He attended Park Tudor School in Indianapolis (where his parents taught) from kindergarten through high school. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and mathematics. He has been writing for children since the mid-1980s, when he worked on the Nickelodeon TV series You Can’t Do That on Television. He currently works as quality systems manager in California. He is the author of the math fiction book series Mathematical Nights, as well as a series of biographies about eminent mathematicians throughout history called Mathematical Lives. In addition, he is also the author of the historical novels Liberty Girl, Unswept Graves, and The Eyes of the Enemy.