English veterinarian and author whose popular works All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and All Things Wise and Wonderful inspired the popular television series All Creatures Great and Small.
He graduated from Glasgow Veterinary College in 1939. Soon thereafter, he set up a veterinary surgery practice in the countryside of Yorkshire, England.
He served in the Royal Air Force during World War II.
His real name was James Alfred Wight; he adopted James Herriot as his pen name. Wight (or Herriot) married Joan Catherine Anderson Danbury in 1941. The couple became parents to a son named James and a daughter named Rosemary.
He and astronaut Richard Linnehan both had high-profile careers in veterinary medicine.