Daniel Keyes was born on 9 August, 1927 and died on 15 June, 2014. He is the author of Flowers for Algernon – a book that won the 1960 Hugo Award. Born in New York, Daniel attended New York University before joining the United States maritime service where he worked as a ship purser.
He worked under Stan Lee at Atlas Comics (the precursor to Marvel) and taught creative writing. He was given the Author Emeritus honour by the science fiction and fantasy writers of America in 2000.