Alan Wilson Watts was born in England in 1915. He was educated at King's School, Canterbury, and the Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Illinois. Watts was an editor, minister, professor, graduate school dean, and research fellow of Harvard University. Watts has written over twenty books, primarily concerned with Eastern thought and Zen Buddhism in the West. He has lectured at colleges and universities as well, and created more than 500 radio talks which have been taped and circulated among non-profit and educational organizations. Watts died in 1973.
Alan Watts, one-time professional meteorologist, has spent considerable time studying wind changes and short-term alterations in the weather. This, combined with his enthusiasm for sailing which began with the sea scouts, has enabled him to assist people to read the weather from the signs in the sky.