Dr. Ross was born in New York City in 1941 and attended grade and junior high school there. When his family moved to Huntington, LI, in 1953, he went to Toaz high school there, then on to Cornell University, from which he obtained a B.S. degree in mathematics, having switched from being a physics major. He went on to obtain an MS degree in history from Columbia and then a PhD, also in history, from Columbia. He later obtained a master's degree in library science from a college in NYC. Dr. Ross worked as an editor for MIT press in Cambridge, MA, until forced into retirement by multiple sclerosis. He moved from Somerville, MA, to Odessa, TX, where he wrote his book, Dolphins, which reflects his scientific bent, his historian's eye for detail, and his wry sense of humor.
Unable to fend for himself any longer because of the advancing MS, he took his own life in 1991 on his 50th birthday. The manuscript for the book, unfortunately the only one he is known to have written, was discovered by his brother, John, after his death.