Nicholas Standish, of Russian descent, was born in Yugoslavia. In 1944, at the age of twelve, he was drafted into the German air force as a Luftwaffenhelfer starting in Eger, Sudetenland (now Cheb, the Czech Republic). After many harrowing near death incidents, including being shot for sabotage, WW2 ended for him in Salzburg, Austria. There he was moved many times from one DP (Displaced Persons) camp to another, starting in Saalfelden and ending in Asten near Linz. From there he migrated to Australia in 1949 as an assisted migrant. After working the compulsory two years for the Australian government in the NSW Railways and then the Electricity Commission, he entered academia. He became a Professor of the University of Wollongong. Later he became a Resident Professor in Cilegon, Indonesia. He finished his 25 years of Indonesian time in January 2017.