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Alan Donald is the author of The Lost Journals of William Tanner, a ripping yarn involving science, sex and sin in the Nineteenth Century. In these recently discovered diaries, Will Tanner recalls his narrow escape from death at the Peterloo Massacre of 1819, his discovery of the dominant-recessive nature of genetics (50 years before Mendel) and his affair with computer pioneer Countess Ada Lovelace (daughter of Lord Byron). Along the way Tanner claims that he, not Charles Babbage, invented the theory of the computer; that he, not Charles Darwin, was responsible for the theory of evolution by natural selection; and that he explained the theory of relativity to Einstein. Tanner's problem is that his libido too often rules his actions and he spends too much time escaping from sabre-wielding jealous husbands or pistol-waving furious lovers, a defect that leaves little time for getting credit for his discoveries.
Alan Donald was born in England during the Second World War and emigrated to Canada in the late 1950s. (The photo on this page is his 1957 passport picture. He looks older now.) After spending several years as a newspaper reporter, he enrolled in university to study mathematics and spent the last part of his working life as a university professor. Now retired, he lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The Lost Journals of William Tanner, his first novel, will be published electronically in March 2015.