At the College of Marin in Kentfield, California, Stephen Prata taught astronomy, physics, and computer science. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in science. His Ph.D. is from the California Institute of Technology. from the Berkeley campus of the University of California. New C Primer Plus, which won the Computer Press Association's Best How-to Computer Book Award in 1990, and C++ Primer Plus, which was nominated for the Computer Press Association's Best How-to Computer Book Award in 1991, are among the works he has produced or coauthored on programming issues.