John Grigsby Geiger was born in Ithaca, New York, and graduated in history from the University of Alberta. The author of five non-fiction books, including the international bestseller Frozen in Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition, his work has been translated into ten languages. He also authored, with Dr Peter Suedfeld, the scholarly study 'The Sensed Presence as a Coping Resource in Extreme Environments'. He is editorial board editor at the Globe and Mail, and a senior fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto. He is a governor of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and chair of the Society's Expeditions Committee, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and of the Explorer's Club, and a Member of the Advisory Board of Wings Worldquest. He received the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal.