Jerry Eugene Pournelle

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Attending NASFIC 2005 at Seattle, photo by Geo. Rule

Born: 7 August 1933, Shreveport, Louisiana

Educated at Capleville, Tennessee; served in US Army in Korean War. He earned two M.S. degrees (experimental statistics and systems engineering) and two Ph.D.s (psychology and political science) at the University of Washington. He managed several political campaigns and was involved in writing several significant reports about military technology, including The Strategy of Technology, which was used as a text book at the military academies. He worked in the aerospace field, and started writing science fiction stories under the name "Wade Curtis". He has written under his own name since 1973, generally writing with a military theme and featuring technology that doesn't violate the rules of physics. After an angry exchange on BIX between Pournelle and the quotemaster, Pournelle introduced the character "Vanhorn" in Go Tell the Spartans so he could be killed on the next page. He wrote the "Chaos Manor" column in BYTE Magazine from 1982 to the end of that publication, continuing on the web through 2006. In early 2008 a brain tumor was identified, radiation treatment had eliminated it as of fall of that year.

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