Ron Solomon grew up in New York City and earned his PhD at Yale University in 1971. After a postdoc at the University of Chicago and a one-year research visit at Rutgers University, he joined the faculty of Ohio State in 1975. Ron received an OSU Faculty Service Award in 1993 and an Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1997. He has enjoyed a long and fulfilling research collaboration and friendship with Richard Lyons of Rutgers University with whom he has co-authored six research monographs with a seventh in the works. Ron has supervised six fine PhD students at OSU, one of whom, Radha Kessar, was a co-recipient of the Berwick Prize of the London Mathematical Society in 2009. In 2006, Ron received the Levi Conant Prize of the American Mathematical Society (A.M.S.) for his article, A brief history of the classification of finite simple groups, and in 2012 he shared the Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition of the A.M.S. for co-authoring the book, The Classification of Finite Simple Groups: Groups of Characteristic 2 Type. In 2013, he was named a Fellow of the A.M.S. Ron is the proud father of Ari and Michael, proud father-in-law of Ariana and grandfather of Sofia, and the very happy and proud husband of Rose.