"Eric Oswald Mowbray Knight" was an English author who is mainly notable for creating the fictional collie Lassie. He took American citizenship in 1942 shortly before his death.
Born on 10 April 1897, in Menston in Yorkshire, England/Yorkshire, England, Eric Mowbray Knight was the third of four sons born to Frederic Harrison and Marion Hilda (née Creasser) Knight, both Quakers. His father was a rich diamond merchant who, when Eric was two years old, was killed during the Second Boer War/Boer War. His mother then moved to St. Petersburg, Russia, to work as a governess for the imperial family. She later settled in America.
Knight had a varied career, including service in the Canadian Army during World War I and spells as an art student, newspaper reporter and Hollywood screenwriter.
He married twice, first on 28 July 1917 to Dorothy Caroline Noyes Hall with whom he had three daughters and later divorced, and secondly to Jere Brylawski on 2 December 1932.More Eric Knight on Wikipedia.