Alan Chalmers was born in Bristol, England in 1939. He graduated in physics at the University of Bristol in 1961, and received an MSc at the University of Manchester in 1964. He taught physics and the history of science for two years before returning to full-time study at Chelsea College, University of London, where he received his PhD in history and philosophy of science in 1971. Dr Chalmers first came to Australia in 1971 as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Sydney, and is now an Associate Professor in the Unit for History and Philosophy of Science there. He was recently elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities.