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John Derbyshire

Visit the author's website at www.johnderbyshire.com.

John Derbyshire (born June 3, 1945) is a British-born author who lives in the United States and became a naturalized citizen in 2002. He is a columnist for the conservative magazines National Review Online and New English Review. Derbyshire writes on a broad range of topics, including immigration, China, history, mathematics, culture, politics, and race.

Derbyshire graduated from University College London, where he studied mathematics. His wife is originally from China and they have two children. While raised an Anglican, he no longer considers himself a Christian but rather a Mysterian. He currently resides in Huntington, New York.

Despite his oft-voiced opposition to illegal immigration, Derbyshire has admitted that he was an illegal immigrant himself in the U.S. before achieving legal residence and eventual citizenship. He has even joked about his former illegal status, comparing himself to a "reformed drunk at a temperance meeting." According to Derbyshire, no American ever expressed concern about his immigration status, supporting his belief that Americans are very reluctant to think seriously about immigration issues. Before turning to writing full-time, he worked on Wall Street as a computer programmer. As a novelist, Derbyshire's 1996 book, SEEING CALVIN COOLIDGE IN A DREAM, was a New York Times "Notable Book of the Year". His more recent PRIME OBSESSION was awarded the Mathematical Association of America's inaugural Euler Book Prize.

His excellent wikipedia page contains a comprehensive biography and discussion of his works.

WE ARE DOOMED: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism (Crown, 2009)