Author Ken Ingham grew up playing basketball, delivering newspapers, and chasing girls in the suburbs of Detroit. Seven childhood summers on an uncle's dairy farm near Shelbyville instilled a keen appreciation for nature and its preservation. He studied chemistry and mathematics at Eastern Michigan University. With support from his high school sweetheart, he earned a PhD in physical chemistry at the University of Colorado. After postdoctoral stints at Michigan State University and the National Institutes of Health, he spent 29 years conducting basic research on blood proteins for the American Red Cross. During that time he developed an interest in writing poetry and personal essays, with emphasis on nature and ecological themes. With his wife, Glenda, he raised twin daughters, Alison Blakely and Kristen Mullaney. He continues to reside in the town of Garrett Park, Maryland, his home since 1972.