Stephen Frenkel was born in South Africa and educated mainly in the UK. He worked initially in Swaziland after which he gained a Master’s degree at the University of Warwick and a Ph.D at Cambridge University. He subsequently emigrated to Australia having obtained a lectureship at UNSW where he is currently employed as a Professor. He is married with two children, a dog and a cat. In his spare time he enjoys jazz music, tennis and walking with his wife Sheena, and dog, Sootie.