Derek Bickerton had several careers. He was born in England in 1926, spent several years in the Caribbean, including surveying trips into the unmapped interior of Guyana and work as a journalist in Barbados in the late 1950s and early 1960s. It was in this period he wrote The Adventures of Boysie Singh (1962) and a novel about the Caribbean, Tropicana (1963). Thereafter he developed a distinguished academic career as a linguist who advanced the study of creole languages. After a spell teaching in Ghana, he spent four years as a senior lecturer at the University of Guyana. Out of this came his The Dynamics of a Creole System (1975). From 1971-1995 he taught at the University of Hawaii where he developed his theories on the origins of languages, writing such books as Roots of Language; Language and Species; Adam's Tongue and More than Nature Needs: Language, Mind, and Evolution. He continued to write works of fiction. He died in Hawaii in 2018.