Roald Dahl(Sep, 13, 1916 - Nov, 23, 1990) was an Author, poet, screenwriter, and…fighter pilot. Yes, you heard me. He has written more than 20 children’s books, including Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and it’s sequel, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.
He was born in Wales. He served in WWII, and was severely injured when he had to make an emergency landing in a desert in Libya. Due to this, he spent five months in a hospital in Alexandria, Egypt. His life wasn’t without sadness, though. In in November 1962, Dahl’s seven year old daughter Olivia died from Encephalitis caused by measles. The books James and the Giant Peach, and The BFG. He later became a staunch supporter of vaccines, even writing a paper in 1986 about Olivia and why people need to vaccinate.
Also, he did something monumental for the Neurologic community. In 1960, Dahl’s four month old son Theo’s pram was hit by a taxi. He developed Hydrocephalus, and I hope you know where this is going. Yes, Roald Dahl helped develop the shunt. Ok, I’ve talked long enough. Sorry This is so long.