Grant Walker graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point in 1973 and then completed the Officers Field Artillery course at Fort Sill Oklahoma and the Army Ranger School at Fort Benning Georgia. Grant completed ten years of ments in the US and Europe, and entered the Foreign Area Officer Program, specializing in defense related issues in Holland and Belgium. In that assignment he studied Belgian defense policies at the US Naval Post Graduate School and Belgium's Royal Staff College. His last posting in the Army was as an instructor in the US Naval Academy Department of History where he taught courses in Western Civilization and American Naval Heritage. He was at that assionment when he retired trom the Armv in 1993.
His involvement with the Academy's collection of ship models began in 1992 when, by invitation of the Museum's Curator of Ship Models, he began his study of British dockyard models. This was his start into the world of the centuries-old Rogers Collection. Grant has also been actively involved in the remodeling of the museum itself and responsible for the planning and installation of the "Ship Models from the Age of Sail" exhibit.
With the active support of past and present museum directors and the Academy Alumni Association, Grant has spent the last 25 years researching the dockyard models. All but three examples are from the famous collection donated to the Academy by Col. Rogers. Grant continues to document the Rogers Collection with this volume on the backbone of the line of battle, the third rates. Work continues on finishing the rest of the collection.
Along with his research and writing, Grant is the Curator of the Beverley R. Robinson Collection of Naval Prints. He and his wife Annick have been married for 31 years and they live in Annapolis with a house full of pets.