Gary Morriss was born in Singleton, Australia in 1951. He obtained a B.Math. with first class honours in mathematics/physics at Newcastle University in 1976 and gained his Ph.D. in statistical mechanics from Melbourne University in 1980. After postdoctoral appointments at Cornell and ANU, he became a Research Fellow and later Senior Research Fellow at ANU. In 1989 he was appointed as Lecturer in the School of Physics at the University of New South Wales. He is now a Professor in theoretical physics and serves as Undergraduate Director in the School of Physics. His research interests are statistical mechanics and dynamical systems.