Christopher McKee is Samuel R. and Marie-Louise Rosenthal Professor and Librarian of the College at Grinnell College, Iowa. He is the author of A Gentlemanly and Honorable Profession: The Creation of the United States Naval Officer Corps, 1794–1815, published by the Naval Institute Press in 1991. He has been recognized nationally for his contributions to the study of naval history. Awards include the U.S. Naval History prize (1985), John Lyman Book award, and the Samuel Eliot Morison Distinguished Service award. McKee's major naval history publications include Edward Preble: A Naval Biography, 1761-1807 (1972), A Gentlemanly and Honorable Profession: The Creation of the U. S. Naval Officer Corps, 1794-1815 (1991), Sober Men and True: Sailor Lives in the Royal Navy, 1900-1945 (2002).