Robert Bauval bestselling author of the Orion Mystery was born in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1948. His father was Belgian and his mother Maltese-Italian. In 1967 he settled in England where he continued his studies. In 1973 he graduated from The University of the Southbank in London, with a Higher National Diploma in Building Management and Technology. He then worked as a construction engineer in Oman, Sudan, Iran, Guinea, Saudia Arabia, France, Australia and England. In 1994 he published his first book on ancient Egypt, The Orion Mystery, which was a No.1 Sunday Times bestseller and has since been translated in more than 25 languages. He has since published a further seven books, including The Message of the Sphinx, and The Egypt Code, Black Genesis co-authored with Thomas Brophy, a PhD physicist from San Diego. His 2011 book The Master Game was co-authored with Graham Hancock. Breaking the Mirror of Heaven: The Conspiracy to Suppress the Voice of Ancient Egypt was published in 2012. His discoveries and theories have been the subject of dozens of TV documentaries on many channels, including BBC, ZDF, France A3, ABC, NBC, Fox-TV, History Channel, Discovery Channel and RAI-Italia. Bauval speaks four languages (English, French, Italian and Arabic) and is presently learning Spanish. He has two children who live in England, and he and his wife Michele live in Southern Spain.
His latest book is; “ THE VATICAN MYSTERY: The Quest for the Hermetic City of the Sun.” which is due to be published in 2014.
In this ground-breaking book, Egyptologist Robert Bauval and astrophysicist Thomas Brophy uncover the mystery of Imhotep, and ancient Egyptian superstar, pharaonic Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Galileo, and Newton all rolled into one. Based on their research at the Step Pyramid Complex at Saqqara, Bauval and Brophy delve into observational astronomy to 'decode' the alignments and other design features of the Step Pyramid Complex, to uncover the true origins and genius of Imhotep. Like a whodunit detective story they follow the clues that take them on an exhilarating magical mystery tour starting at Saqqara, leading them to temples in Upper Egypt and to the stones of Nabta Playa and the black African stargazers who placed them there.
Imhotep the African describes how Imhotep was the ancient link to the birth of modern civilization, restoring him to his proper place at the center of the birthing of Egyptian, and world, civilization.