Martin Knox was born in England in 1946. He became a chemical engineer and later a management scientist researching alternative models of government planning. He worked in the UK, Canada, the USA and Australian nuclear, tar sands, petroleum, coal and coal-to-oil industries. He settled in Australia with his family, and at age 40 became a high school Science and English teacher.
He wrote full-time for several years publishing a course in Senior Multi-strand Science and went on to teach it on-line to distance education students.
Outside writing, he is active in public decision-making on development, population, growth, water and resources issues.