Christopher Vanier

CHRISTOPHER VANIER, the author of Caribbean Chemistry and On the Run in Fontainebleau was born in 1942 on the tiny island of St. Kitts in the British West Indies. He has two children and now lives in Fontainebleau.

The United States Information Agency awarded him the Caribbean-wide sesquicentennial Lincoln Essay Prize in 1959, and a year later he won the Leeward Islands Scholarship. He graduated from Cambridge University in 1965, then crossed the Atlantic and obtained a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Syracuse University.

Leaving America for France, he worked as an engineer and IT specialist for 30 years, calculating the dynamics of trains, the feasibility of thermal energy from the sea, and the reliability of business computer systems.

In 2001, he began writing full time. His first book won a prize in the Kingston University Life Writing Competition, and Kingston University Press published Caribbean Chemistry in December 2009. The book contains a new chapter on Lincoln; he was a guest of honour at the Oxford conference on Global Lincoln.


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