Stuart Clink Hood was born in Scotland and educated at the University of Edinburgh. His fluency in Italian and German allowed him to work as an intelligence officer for the British Army and to join the Italian resistance movement. After the war, he developed a reputation as a translator from the Italian and from the French. He also worked as the Controller of BBC Television from 1961 to 1963 and as a Professor of Film and Television at the Royal College of Art. In addition to his translations, he published several books about the broadcasting industry.