Professor Norman C. Dowsett was born on the 9th October, 1908, at Richmond, Surrey, England. He was educated in England, France, Spain and Germany. In 1942, he met Sri Aurobindo in Pondicherry, and three years later became a permanent member of the Ashram.
For 25 years, he taught and participated in the ‘Free Progress Education’ system practiced in the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education.
In 1970, the Mother gave him the task of creating an education system in the newly founded international township of Auroville. In 1971, he became director of the Department of Educational Research and Development of the Sri Aurobindo Society.
He has co-authored books on Integral Education with Dr. Sitaram Jayaswal, M.A., M. Ed (Harvard), Ph.D. (Michigan), Reader in Education, Lucknow University.