Ron Morita spent his early years in Chicago and later moved to El Cerrito, California, where he attended high school. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.S. bioengineering. With the Vietnam War looming, he joined the California Army National Guard, where he underwent basic training at Fort Campbell, Kentucky and Fort Lee Virginia. Because so much of what we consider ourselves is in the brain, he studied neurophysiology at UCLA’s Brain Research Institute, where he received an M.S. in physiology. Finding himself more practical than theoretical, Ron earned a Masters in biomedical engineering from Case Western Reserve University and became an electrical engineer. He worked for iRobot Corporation, Lockheed Martin, Medtronic, PRI Automation, Kidde-Fenwal and other high tech companies. Ron designed electronics for a weather satellite, a sniper-locator robot, a fire alarm control panel, and a three-dimensional dental camera. His expertise is in low noise linear circuit design.
Ron wrote the first draft of his novel The Bag Lady and the Face in longhand one rainy Fourth of July in the days before word processors became available. Always searching for those who could teach the craft, he attended writing groups led by author/critic George R. Clay and former literary editor Barbara Cann. He attended author Stratis Haviaras’ Advanced Fiction class at Harvard Extension, the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, and numerous writing groups in the greater Boston area.
Ron’s hobbies include military history, hiking and photography (with the exception of the header, the pictures on this web site are his). He engaged in spelunking to research one of his novels. As a student Ron was chased across campus by SDSers when he took exception to their trashing U.C. Berkeley’s Oriental Languages building. He has gone door to door campaigning for political causes and is an avid reader of non-fiction related to the world in which we live. Ron lives with his wife in Northern California.