Jake Page was a longtime editor and columnist of Smithsonian Magazine. He was born in Boston and educated at the Gunnery prep school, Princeton University, and New York University, all of which, he claimed, allowed him to take no science courses whatsoever. His interest in science began not in school but during his time as an editor for Doubleday in the 1960s, when he was put in charge of the Natural History imprint. His many books concern topics that range from earthquakes to dinosaurs to Native American history. He was especially interested in birds, on which he wrote a monthly column for Smithsonian. He died in Colorado in 2016.