Anup Rej was born in Calcutta in 1945 in an academic and literary family where he was exposed to the great classical literatures and philosophies of the East and the West. Already in adolescence he was drawn to the existential philosophers and writers of the West and in the mystery of the universe. He grew up in an atheist atmosphere under the influence of a brilliant linguist, essayist, and a writer -his father - who sympathized with the Marxist ideology, and translated Goethe and Nietzsche from German and Dostoevskay and advanced books on mathematics from Russian among others. After studying physics in the Scottish Church College, Calcutta and the Indian Institute of Technology, Khargapur he received his doctorate degree in theoretical nuclear physics in 1971 from the University of Calcutta. He joined the University of Oslo in Norway in the same year by receiving a government fellowship. Since then, besides nuclear physics, he has done research in particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology and worked in different universities in the US, Europe and Korea. He has travelled extensively in the world and lived in the US, Germany, Switzerland, South Korea and Thailand for longer periods of his life. He is married to Ragne Birte Lund who has served as the Norwegian Ambassador to South Korea, Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia. His other interests include biology, and the questions related to the mind and the brain. He is the author of a new theory of the universe (Timelessness in Time) that has no beginning and end. He is also a sculptor and a painter and has held several solo exhibotions.