Peter Russell studied theoretical physics, experimental psychology, and computer science at the University of Cambridge, England. Following university he went to India, to study meditation and Eastern philosophy, and on his return took up the first research post ever offered in Britain on the psychology of meditation. In the 1970s, he pioneered the introduction of personal growth programs to corporations, running courses for senior management on creativity, stress management and sustainable development.
He coined the term "global brain" with his 1980s bestseller of the same name in which he predicted the Internet and the impact it would have on humanity. His other books, which include Waking Up in Time, and From Science to God. His visual presentations and videos on these subjects have won international acclaim and awards.