Simon was born in London, England, spent too many years in Cambridge, UK, and taught for five years at Duke University in North Carolina. Today he lives with a growing family of boys and cats in a small village in Israel situated just left of the end of the world.
Simon's monograph study of the late-Victorian political economist Alfred Marshall (Cambridge University Press, 2009) received the best monograph of the year award from the European Society for the History of Economic Thought.
Today Simon's research has moved into the early twentieth century and is focused on the emergence of anthropology and archaeology, understandings of the history of religion, mythology, and literature, and the changing role of history in social thought.
Simon supports the voracious appetites of his sons and his cats, in addition to his own scholarly habits, by working as a freelance academic editor. He is a co-founder of Rounded Globe.