Born in London in 1925, Higham served in the Royal Air Force and became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1954. He received his B.A. cum laude at Harvard in 1950, his M.A. at the Claremont Graduate School in 1953, and his Ph.D. at Harvard in 1957.

An educator, Higham was an instructor at the University of Massachusetts and the University of North Carolina before becoming Professor of History at Kansas State University, where his career spanned from 1963-1999.

He was also a prolific writer and editor, having authored and edited 123 works published in six languages, all of which focus on aviation, military, and geo-political subjects. From the late 1960’s through the late 1980’s, he was the editor and co-publisher of several journals including Journal of the West, Military Affairs, and Aerospace Historian. In 1977, Higham became the founder and president of Sunflower University Press, which published military history books until its closing in 2005.

Recognized as a leading aviation and military historian, Higham held memberships in several aviation and military history organizations, and received numerous honors and awards.

Higham lives in Manhattan, Kansas, with his wife, Barbara, with whom he had one son and three daughters.

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