Eugene Mirabelli (Gene) was born in 1931. He attended public schools, did manual labor in summers, went to MIT for two years, then to Harvard and received a BA there. He taught school, worked as a technical writer, free-lance journalist, reviewed books, wrote fiction, received an MA from Johns Hopkins, and a PhD from Harvard. While a graduate student he wrote his first published novel, The Burning Air. In 1959 he married Margaret Ann Black, who received a BA from Harvard that year. They had three children and eight grandchildren. Gene retired from teaching in 1995 and is a Professor Emeritus. His wife, Margaret, an editor and book reviewer, died unexpectedly in 2010.