Douglas N. Adams was born in Cambridge in 1952. He was educated at Brentwood School, Essex and St. John's College, Cambridge where he read English. After graduation he spent several years contributing material to radio and television shows as well as writing, performing and sometimes directing stage revues in London, Cambridge and on the Edinburgh Fringe. He has also worked at various times as a hospital porter, barn builder, chicken shed cleaner, bodyguard, radio producer and script editor of Doctor Who.
He originally created The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy as a radio series for the BBC, and then wrote it again as a novel. He has written four more novels in the increasingly inaccurately named Hitch-Hiker trilogy - The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Life, the Universe and Everything, So Long and Thanks for all the Fish and Mostly Harmless.
Douglas has also written two Dirk Gently books, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. With John Lloyd he co-wrote The Meaning of Liff and The Deeper Meaning of Liff and with zoologist Mark Carwardine he has written the wildlife travelogue Last Chance to See.
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BBC Tribute, 2001