Roberta Leah Gellis was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1927. Her love of science and literature has greatly affected her life, from her Hunter College days, when she majored in chemistry and English literature, to receiving her M.S. in biochemistry at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. She has also worked as a technical editor for McGraw-Hill Book Company, as a research chemist and as a teaching assistant at N.Y.U. (where she obtained an M.S. in Medieval Literature and completed work for a Ph.D.).
At present, in addition to her writing, Ms. Gellis is trying to put as many of her works into digital format as possible. She loves print books, but the ability to carry hundreds of books with her and relieving overflowing bookshelves is entirely enticing.