Douglas Adams was born in Cambridge, England, in 1952. He has written for radio, television, and theatre, and has worked at various times as a hospital porter, barn builder, chicken-shed cleaner, bodyguard, radio producer and script editor of the notorious "Doctor Who" series.
He is the author of the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy.
He died suddenly following a heart attack on May 11th, 2001. He was 49.