Patrick Ryan was born in England in 1916 of Anglo-Irish descent. Originally a short story writer, his major literary output consisted of humorous articles, of which he published over 2000 in British and American magazines, principally in Punch, New Scientist, Smithsonian and Saturday Evening Post. He wrote a weekly column entitled “The Last Word” for New Scientist for thirteen years. Additionally, he produced four books, including HOW I WON THE WAR, some television and radio plays.
He made his business career in the British Post Office, finally as a district head postmaster, and humorous writing was a sparetime hobby. He served in the Second World War as a Major in an armoured car regiment and took part in campaigns in North Africa, Italy and Greece.
Patrick Ryan died in 1989.