Philip Empson High was born in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire.
His writing career spanned over 50 years before his death in Canterbury, Kent on 9 August 2006. He published some 14 novels and numerous short stories.
High made his name initially in the 1950s with a series of short stories for such magazines as Authentic Science Fiction, New Worlds and Nebula. A collection of these short stories The Best of Philip E. High was published in 2002.