Nigel Groom. Nigel Groom, OBE, was a British Arabist, historian, author, soldier, counter-espionage officer in MI5 and perfume expert. These pursuits saw him fend off a tribal assassination attempt in Aden, uncover a KGB spy embedded in the RAF and explain the association between frankincense and Christ’s divinity. He was a noted expert on the pre-Islamic history of the Arab world.
Groom died at 89 in March 2014.