Carlos Fuentes was born November 11, 1928, in Panama City. His parents were Mexican diplomats and during his childhood, he lived in Quito, Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro, Washington, Santiago and Buenos Aires.
Following in the footsteps of his parents, he also became a diplomat in 1965 and served in London, Paris, and other capitals. He was the first to hold the Robert F. Kennedy Chair of Latin American Studies at Harvard University, has been a visiting professor at Princeton University, and a Professor-at-Large at Brown University, where he gave talks on Latin American literature and transatlantic studies to the Department of Hispanic Studies. He has received numerous literary awards, including the Cervantes Prize in 1987.
His books include The Death of Artemio Cruz (1962) and The Old Gringo (1985).
Carlos Fuentes died in May 2012.