Roger Dean is a composer, improviser (piano, computers) and performer. He is also a research academic, previously mainly in biochemistry, and since 2007 solely in musicology and music cognition. He studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge (BA, 1970) and gained his PhD there in biochemistry (1973). He has higher doctorates in biology (DSc 1984) and in music (DLitt 2002) from Brunel University, UK. He is a former Fellow of the Institute of Biology (UK; resigned 2006), a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD), and is an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities (FAHA). He received an Australian Centenary Medal in 2003.