Helen Ougham was born in England but moved to Wales in 1977 to study for a PhD in the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and she is now Emeritus Reader in Biology at Aberystwyth University. She has a background in genetics, biochemistry and computing, and her research career has focused mainly on the growth, development and senescence of plants. She has taught applied bioinformatics in Zaragoza, Spain, and the University of Birmingham. She is a co-author of The Molecular Life of Plants (2013, Wiley) and a co-editor of the journal New Phytologist.
Howard Thomas was born and educated in Wales and, after a career in scientific research including visiting professorships at universities in Japan, the United States and Switzerland, he is now an Emeritus Professor of Biology at Aberystwyth University. He has published extensively on the genetics and physiology of plant development and has a special interest in the science-humanities connection. He is a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales and a co-author of The Molecular Life of Plants (2013, Wiley) and Food and the Literary Imagination (2014, Palgrave). His most recent book is Senescence (2016), a personal account of the terminal events in the lives of plants and other organisms.
Helen Ougham a Howard Thomas, 'Y ddeilen hon: natur, tarddiadau a phwrpas lliwiau dail', Gwerddon, 24, August 2017, 38-50.