Ross Skelton, born in 1941, attended Belfast High School, Guildford Technical College in Surrey and Trinity College Dublin. He returned there to lecture in philosophy in 1971, setting up degree courses in clinical and theoretical psychoanalysis by 1980. He has published numerous articles on psychoanalysis and logic as well as studies on Louis MacNeice. His Edinburgh International Encyclopaedia of Psychoanalysis (2006) took seven years to write and won the Distinguished Academic Publication Choice Award. An Associate Professor of Philosophy (emeritus), he is currently a practising psychoanalyst and lives in Dublin.