Robert Temple is a visiting professor of scientific history and philosophy at Tsinghua University in Beijing, as well as a member of the Royal Astronomical Society, the Egypt Exploration Society, the Royal Historical Society, the Institute of Classical Studies, and the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, as well as a visiting research fellow at the University of the Aegean in Greece. He's written ten books, including The Sirius Mystery and China's Genius. For National Geographic Channel, he created, produced, and presented the documentary film Descent into Hell, which was based on this book. In 1993, his translation of the Gilgamesh Epic was performed at the Royal National Theatre in London. He and his wife, Olivia, live in England. They collaborated on Aesop: The Complete Fables as co-translators.