Troy Story received his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College and his doctorate degree from the University of California at Berkeley (LBNL). He was a postdoctoral fellow and staff member at the UC Space Sciences Laboratory, and a postdoctoral fellow at Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden).
His most notable publication prior to 2001 is the use of differential geometry to develop a mathematical model for irreversible thermodynamics (1988), one of four research manuscripts included in his previous book Dynamics on differential one-forms. The mathematical model for irreversible thermodynamics was generalized in 2002 , resulting in a unifying model embracing Hamiltonian mechanics, geometric optics, irreversible thermodynamics and the dynamics of black holes, electromagnetism, and classical strings.
At the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute at Berkeley (2003), he applied the unified model to obtain a solution to the Navier-Stokes equation.