Dan Brown was born on June 22, 1964 in Exeter, New Hampshire, USA. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, a decidedly up-market school where his father was employed as a math teacher. His mother, Constance, was a professional musician principally involved in performing sacred music.
He spent hours as a young boy working on anagrams and crosswords; his fascination with games and puzzles inspired the style and themes of his writing.
His first novel was Digital Fortress. In his next, Angels & Demons, Brown introduced "professor of symbology" Robert Langdon. Brown returned to Langdon with The Da Vinci Code which proved immensely popular and sold more than 80 million copies worldwide.