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William Radice was born in London in 1951, studied English at Oxford, but then became a specialist in Bengali.
Known particularly for his translations of the poems and stories of Rabindranath Tagore, he emerged as a poet in his own right in the 1970s and 1980s with his books Eight Sections, Strivings and Louring Skies. He teaches Bengali at SOAS in London, gives lectures worldwide and writes poetry in the North-East.