Robert H. van Gent studied mathematics, physics and astronomy at Utrecht University (The Netherlands) and obtained his PhD in astronomy in 1989 on a study of eclipsing binary stars. From 1989 to 1999, he worked as curator of astronomy, mathematics, geodesy and navigation at the Museum Boerhaave in Leiden.
He is currently associated with the Institute for History and Foundations of Science in Utrecht where he publishes on the history of astronomy, cartography, calendars and timekeeping. In 2006 he published Andreas Cellarius. Harmonia Macrocosmica of 1660: The Finest Atlas of the Heavens.