David Crystal is a British linguist, academic and author. Crystal was born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland on 6 July 1941 after his mother had been evacuated there during The Blitz. Before he reached the age of one, his parents separated.
He remained estranged from and ignorant of his father for most of his childhood, but later learnt of his father’s life and career in London, and of his half-Jewish heritage. He grew up with his mother in Holy head, North Wales, and Liverpool, England, where he attended St Mary’s College from 1951.