Dorothy Harley Eber was born in England of Welsh and Nova Scotian parentage. She grew up in England, Wales, Nova Scotia and Ontario. She graduated from the University of Toronto and worked as a reporter in Canada and England. She first visited the Arctic in 1968. Her special interests in documentary, reportage, oral history, and historical photography led to many publications and to the creation of film, film strips, and the organization of travelling exhibitions. Her book When the Whalers Were Up North is based on interviews conducted with elderly Inuit in the Keewatin and on Baffin Island who passed on stories of the American and Scottish whaling days. Genius at Work is an illustrated biography based on interviews with Cape Breton residents who knew and worked with Alexander Graham Bell during his productive summers in Baddeck, Nova Scotia. Eber’s interest in oral history has resulted in some trips to the Eastern Arctic. She lives in Montreal.