Peter Freund was born and raised in Romania. During his student days, he was arrested by the notorious Securitate and placed in front of a firing squad. Obviously they did not fire. He managed to leave for the West and has been a professor of Physics at the University of Chicago since 1965. Beyond his scientific papers, Peter Freund has published fiction in Exquisite Corpse and other literary magazines. His A Passion for Discovery addresses a general audience. He is the author of two short story collections: West of West End and Tales in a Minor Key.