Ken Symington was born in Cuba of English and Cuban parentage, where he lived until he moved to the United States to attend college at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, where he graduated with a Chemical Engineering degree and went to do graduate work in other institutions. He worked for many years in several major American corporations as a corporate executive in national and international operations. After retirement, he owned and operated several small businesses. His credits include two books translated from Spanish into English and published in the USA. He lives in Sierra Madre, California, in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, and is interested in close friends, plants, ethnobotany, animals, music, and books.