Meredith Jean Hooper holds a Bachelor of Arts with honours from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Philosophy from Oxford University. She has been a visiting research fellow at the Royal Institution in the United Kingdom and has tutored in history at the University of Adelaide.
Her non-fiction titles range over many topics - science, technology, natural history, art, exploration, aviation and histories of the United States and Australia. She has written numerous readers and children's information books and textbooks on these subjects, some of which have been translated into many foreign languages.
In 1994 she was selected by The Australian Antarctic Division to visit Antarctica as a writer and was selected by the US National Science Foundation to visit Antarctica as a writer in 1998-1999 on their Antarctica Artists and Writers Program. Hooper has won several awards, including the Tinline Prize in 1960, Walter Frewin Lord Prize UK and the Beit Prize in Oxford.
See Marcie Muir and Kerry White, Australian Children's Books : A Bibliography (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1992) for information about this author's works for children not yet included in AustLit.