Harald Engelstad

Harald Engelstad is Editor-in-Chief of general non-fiction at H Aschehoug & Co, one of Norway´s leading publishing houses (est 1872). Since joining the company in 1987, he has commissioned and edited a considerable number of major biographies, some of which have been widely translated, including ones on pioneering Norwegian mathematicians Niels Henrik Abel (1802-1829) and Sophus Lie (1842-1899) and political figures such as Vidkun Quisling (1887-1945). Conversely, Engelstad has been responsible for the Norwegian editions of large-scale biographies of several international figures.

Harald Engelstad started his career as a translator and literary critic. His thesis for the degree of mag.art. (PhD), an investigation into the lyrics of John Lennon, was published in 1987. Engelstad is at present (since 2011) Chair of the Norwegian Biographical Society.