Dan Brown (born June 22, 1964) is an American author of thriller fiction, best known for writing the controversial 2003 bestseller, The Da Vinci Code.
Early lifeDan Brown was born and raised in Exeter, New Hampshire, the oldest of three children.
His mother Constance (Connie) was a professional musician, playing organ at church. Brown's father Richard G. Brown taught high school mathematics at Phillips Exeter Academy from 1962 until his retirement in 1997. Richard was a prominent mathematician -- he wrote the bestselling mathematics textbook Advanced Mathematics: Precalculus with Discrete Mathematics and Data Analysis, and had been offered a job at the National Security Agency, but declined because he did not want to move his family out of New Hampshire. Richard was also chosen by President George H.W. Bush to receive the "Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching."