Award-winning author Peter Michael grew up overseas and has lived on five continents in a career of writing, international advisory roles and teaching.
He has written eight books, three of which have won national books prizes, and has appeared on C-SPAN, National Public Radio, ABC News, America Untold, Home & Garden TV, High Noon Entertainment, and in numerous publications. His book awards are listed on the Prizes page here.
His first literary prize came as an undergraduate for an article on British polymath James Clerk Maxwell and Maxwell's Equations which a century ahead of their time explained electromagnetism and light.
A popular version of Michael's master's thesis on career disappointments of MBAs was published as the cover story of a national magazine.
Early in his career, he authored a population plan adopted by the government of South Korea, and while working at the United Nations a ground-breaking method allowing national family planning programs worldwide to lower population growth rates faster.
A particularly enjoyable writing experience was as Restaurant Critic for The Sacramento Bee, central California's largest newspaper. Restaurant reviewing actually does take work but no one will believe it, says Michael.
Peter Michael is founder and publisher of Underground Railroad Free Press, North America's leading Underground Railroad news publication, which awards the annual Free Press Prizes and serves as the central registry of contemporary Underground Railroad organizations and programs.
In a life of civic involvement, he has sat on more than twenty boards of directors or trustees, mostly in the arts, race relations, and civic organizations, including a higher education gubernatorial appointment. He has served as chairman or president of eight civic organizations or corporations, and as founder, cofounder or officer of ten more.
Peter Hanson Michael descends from John Hanson, first United States President under the Articles of Confederation (1781-82); Maryland colonial governor William Stone (1649-56); and Franz Ludwig Michel, in 1704 the first European explorer of western Maryland where Peter Michael lives. He is related to United States Senator Alexander Contee Hanson, Jr. (1816-19), Maryland Governor John Hoskins Stone (1794-97), two twentieth century Speakers of the Maryland House of Delegates, and both F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. He is thought to be related to Underground Railroad icon Josiah Henson and North Pole discoverer Matthew Henson.
A graduate of the University of Maryland, Berkeley and Princeton, he has taught at the graduate level at universities in the United States, Japan, Thailand and Costa Rica.
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