R. Kent Rasmussen was born on October 11, 1943(age 74) in Albany, California, United States. He grew up in Northern California where he graduated from the university of California with a major in the dismal science, afterward he moved to Southern California where he lived ever since.Kent earned a doctorate in African history at UCLA. he nevertheless published five books on Africa. He got into editing work and eventually became a reference book editor. In Amazon books, many od the titles that comes up under Kent's name wide be reference works he had edited.