Granville Austin was born in 1927 and did most of his early education at Norwich, Vermont, USA. Austin graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA in American Literature. He then earned a doctorate in Modern Indian History from Oxford University. He worked as a journalist/photographer and later served with the U. S. Information Service, Department of State, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and on the staff of a U. S. senator. He has held fellowships or grants from St. Antony's College, Oxford, the Ford Foundation, the Fulbright Program, the American Institute of Indian Studies, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, and the Institute of Current World Affairs.
Austin is the author of two seminal political histories of the constitution of India, The Indian Constitution: Cornerstone of a Nation and Working a Democratic Constitution: The Indian Experience.
In 2011, in recognition for his writing on the framing and working of the Indian Constitution, Granville Austin was awarded a Padma Shri award, the fourth highest civilian honor of the Republic of India.
Granville Austin has four children and three grandchildren, and currently lives with his wife, Nancy Austin, in Washington, D. C.
The Files on Amendments
In the book "Working a Democratic Constitution: A History of Indian Experience" the author G. Austin has claimed that the files of Law Ministry has been not made public by Government of India. The book's eleventh impression 2013 reads in Introduction (page2) "But presently, even the files on constitutional amendments kept in the Law Ministry are hidden by a conspiracy of silence."
- The Indian Constitution: Cornerstone of a Nation
- Working a Democratic Constitution : The Indian Experience
- Retrieving Times (White River Press, 2008)
- "Working a Democratic Constitution : The Indian Experience". Vedam Books. Retrieved January 27, 2009.
- "Working a Democratic Constitution : The Indian Experience". Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2008-01-27.
- "Granville Austin - About the Author". granvilleaustin.com. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
- "Padma Sri Awardees". NIC - Govt. of India. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
- "Padma Awards Announced" (Press release). Ministry of Home Affairs. 25 January 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2011.