John Dee (1527-1608)
Son to Rowland Dee, a minor of Welsh descent and later a Gentleman server in the household of King Henry VIII.
Dee entered John's College at Cambridge University when he was 15 years old, from which he graduated Bachelor of Arts in 1546. He was part of the original Fellows of Trinity College (founded later that same year by the King), from which he earned his Master of Arts degree.
The "Doctor" attached to his name may have been an honorary title as there is no evidence he was ever awarded a doctorate from any university in Europe.
During his years with Queen Elizabeth, he was once arrested and tried for treason, then acquitted due to lack of evidence. This happened during Tudor's stint while Elizabeth was under House arrest.
Elizabeth gave monikers such as My Noble Intelligencer and my Ubiquitous Eyes to Dee. Coincidentally, Dee used to sign his letters to the Queen with the numeral 007 (no shit!)...
He delved deeply into Tudor genealogy to prove Elizabeth's legal claims to New World territories, and promoted the reform of the English calendar.
He studied cartography and navigation under Gerhardus Mercator. Dee later encouraged the quest for the Northwest Passage and supplied geographical and navigational ressources to English explorers such as Drake and Frobisher.
At one point, before the creation of the English national library, Dee was owner to the largest collection of scientific and philosophical books and manuscripts in England.
Edward Kelley (1555-1597)
Kelley was born the same year Dee faced charges of treason in the Court of the Star Chamber. His father might have been an apothecary. Kelley's true family name may have been Talbot and he may have attended Oxford University for a short time when he was 17 years old.
It is rumoured he was pilloried at Lancaster for counterfeiting and got his ear cropped as a result. He is famous for having dug up the corpse of a pauper in the graveyard of Walton-le-Dale church (Lancashire) for necromantic purposes.
He supposedly bought 2 caskets from an innkeeper while travelling through Wales after being forced to abandon his legal scribe profession due to the aforementionned necromantic practices. One casket contained the red and white powder of alchemy, while the other casket contained an alchemical manuscript called Book of St. Dunstan ...
Elias Ashmole contends this, prefering another version of this story, in which Kelley and Dee went together to Glastonbury where they found the aforementioned powder together (in the crypt of a Catholic Bishop, if I'm not mistaken).
The only certainty being that Kelley arrived at John Dee's place (at Mortlake) in possession of the Book of Dunstan and a small quantity of powder he beleived to be alchemical.
Apparently, Kelley got with Dee for the specific purpose of decyphering the Book in order to produce more of the alleged magical red powder.
Well... That's it for now. Does that help, or is it common knowledge to you? The credit goes to Donald Tyson, author of the book "Enochian magic for beginners" (c) 1997.