Born in 1920 in Pontypridd, South Wales, where her father worked in the pit. Won
an Exhibition to Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, took a degree in English, and taught
for three years in the Workers’ Educational Association.
Married 1945. Three sons.
Between 1955 and 1988 wrote for television, gaining eleven awards including two BAFTAs
and a Writer of the Year award. Three dramatised documentaries were about scientists:
Gregor Mendel, Alfred Russell Wallace, and Marie Curie.
Her first book, The Descent of Woman, was a best seller and Book of the Month choice
in America in 1972. Since then she has devoted her attention increasingly to the
subject of human origins.