Jeffery J. Dyas was born in England and raised in South Africa. He entering the University of the Witwatersrand in 1957, and later obtained an MSc degree in electronic engineering. In 1968 he immigrated to the USA and worked in the California Aerospace Industry as a Satellite Systems Engineer for 26 years.
He is also a small boat sailor who crossed the Pacific Ocean three times on-board his own 32 foot yacht. In the tropical regions he lived for spells in Hawaii, Fiji and several other island groups.
Towards the end of his working life he spent 8 years in Australia, also employed as a satellite engineer. At present he is retired and living in New Zealand with his family, where he is a house-father who writes for a hobby.