Neal Stephenson [1959-]
Born October 31st, 1959, in Fort Meade, Maryland. Son of David Town Stephenson (a professor) and Janet Jewsbury (a lab tech).
Educated at Boston University, BA in 1981.
Married Ellen Marie Lackermann (a physician) in 1985.
Worked as a research assistant (amoung many other random type occupations that authors typically hold) until becomming a serious full time author.