Born in Baku, Russia (circa 1920), Zecharia Sitchin grew up in Palestine. He studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science and graduated from the University of London, majoring in economic history. He was a journalist during World War II (1939-45) while serving in the British Army. He moved to the United States in the mid-1950s.
Sitchin’s research and books have been featured in dozens of journals internationally, most recently in an article appearing in The New York Times on Jan. 10, 2010. He was heralded as the 1996 Scientist of the Year by the International Forum on New Science, and has been a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Oriental Society, the Middle East Studies Association of North America, and the Israel Exploration Society.
Over his lifetime he acquired a profound knowledge of a variety of Near Eastern languages including Hebrew and Sumerian. He also developed a fascination and love for the archaeology and history of the ancient Near East. Sitchin spent many years translating the cuneiform tablets of ancient Sumeria and was one of the first people in the world able to read millennial Sumerian texts. He contends that the Sumerians weren’t merely ancient science fiction writers telling tales or myths, but were historians recording actual events and facts.