Hoshyar Nooshin was born in 1934 in Tehran, Iran. He received his first degree in civil engineering from the Faculty of Engineering of University of Tehran in 1959. Subsequently, he obtained the postgraduate degree of DIC in structural engineering from Imperial College, UK, and a degree of PhD in the field of spatial structures from the University of London. He has been conducting research in various aspects of spatial structures since 1962, with the main thrust of his work being in the area of computer aided design of spatial structures. He has been a member of academic staff of the University Surrey, UK, since 1963, and he was the Director of the Space Structures Research Centre of the University of Surrey for 28 years (1971-1999). He has been involved in the design of a number of major space structures. Included in these are the Boeing 747 hangars at Heathrow Airport, London. Currently, he is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Surrey. He was the Chief Editor of the International Journal of Space Structures for 20 years. Also, he was a member of the executive council of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS), as well as a member of the Advisory Board of this association for a number of years. He is the originator of the concepts of formex algebra and has many publications in this area. His interests are mainly in the fields of structural engineering, mathematics and philosophy.