Ian Mortimer is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and was awarded the Alexander Prize in 2004 for his work on the social history of medicine. He holds four degrees (B.A., M.A., Ph. D. and D.Litt.); between 1991 and 2003 he worked for several archive and historical research organizations in the UK, including the universities of Exeter and Reading and the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts. He also writes fiction under his middle names - James Forrester (but don't link those books to this page as he wants them kept separate, and he finds it tedious to have to reverse the changes).