Brahmatirtha dasa (Bob Cohen) was born in Newark, New Jersey and completed his B.S. in Chemistry, and his M.S. in Geology. During a stint in the Peace Corps in India he met Srila Prabhupada and his conversation has been memorialized in Perfect Questions/Perfect Answers. He has been a member of the Bhaktivedanta Institute since 1976, giving a presentation at the First International Conference on Life Comes from Life in 1977, and working on projects with R.L. Thompson (Sadaputa). He is a certified court mediator with ISKCON Resolve. He now serves as the Director of the Bhaktivedanta Institute for Higher Studies.