Luca Turin was born in 1953 and educated in France, Italy, and the UK. He holds a PhD in biophysics from the University of London and was for ten years a tenured staff member of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). From 1993 to 2000 he was Lecturer in Biophysics at University College, London. Since 1996 he has worked on primary olfactory reception and the prediction of odor character. In 2001 he became chief technical officer of Flexitral, where he uses his theory of olfaction to design new fragrances and flavor molecules.Luca Turin is probably the best qualified person in the world to co-author a perfume guide. He wrote the very first in 1992, a relatively small (270 fragrances), literary, and confidential affair in French. The second edition from 1994 is available for free download online. Although out of print and out of date, his guide has achieved cult status among perfume aficionados goes for up to $800 on eBay. He has also twice won the highest honor for perfume writing in France, the Prix Jasmin, in 2001 and 2004. Turin’s fame is partly based on a BBC documentary about his scientific work, A Code in the Nose, which still airs in reruns all over the world. It was further enhanced by the success of a book written by Chandler Burr (now the New York Times perfume critic), The Emperor of Scent (2003). Most recently, Turin’s own book, The Secret of Scent, was released to critical acclaim in the UK in May 2006 and in the US by HarperCollins in November 2006. He also writes two monthly columns of perfume criticism for high-profile magazines, one in the prestigious Folio Magazine of the Neuer Zurcher Zeitung, and the other for Hamburg-based luxury magazine, Park Avenue, published by Grüner and Jahr.
Tania Sanchez is a writer of poetry, fiction, and essays, a sometime journalist, and a senior editor for a small non-fiction publishing house in New York. She is also an avid perfume collector and all-around perfume expert. She has contributed hundreds of perfume reviews on several of the perfume boards and blogs, as well as writing her own blog, which not infrequently deals with perfume. She provided editorial advice in exchange for perfume during the development of Turin’s The Secret of Scent.