Ramkrishna Mukherjee received his MSc. from Calcutta University and a PhD. from Cambridge University. Initially working on genetics, he switched to sociology and statistics and spent his professional life with the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India, as Distinguished Scientist.A member of the Executive Committee of the International Sociological Association, Mukherjee was also associated with the UNESCO, the London School of Economics, HMG Social Survey, U.K., and the Central Statistical Office, Turkey. Mukherjee has conducted surveys in Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Sudan), Europe and India and has held professorships at the Humboldt University, Berlin and at Binghampton University, U.S.A.The recipient of numerous awards worldwide, Ramkrishna Mukherjee is the author of several best selling books, among them the widely acclaimed social indicators and the quality of life series. His hobbies are gardening and discussing physics with his grandson Rudrajit. He lives now in Kolkata, India.