Born In: Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
Jerry Eugene Pournelle was an American science-fiction writer, essayist and journalist. A lesser known fact about him is that he was a polymath too, with degrees in statistics, systems engineering, psychology and political science. He started writing non-science fiction work under the pseudonym of Wade Curtis or J. E. Pournelle. Critics believe that his stories always displayed a strong military theme. Another thing that makes him popular amongst the readers is the various “laws” that he published in his books, the most famous being his Iron Law of Bureaucracy. As a journalist, he earned recognition in the computer industry for his monthly columns called the Computing At Chaos Manor in Byte magazine. His columns were the industry's first and the longest-running monthly column, that were regularly published for a period of more than 20 years. After the termination of his contract he moved the column to his own website. He thoroughly opposed the US strategy regarding the gulf war, as he was of the opinion that the money spent on the war could have been used for developing energy technologies
Also Known As: Jerry Eugene Pournelle
Died At Age: 84
children: Jennifer R. Pournelle
Born Country: United States
place of death: Studio City, California, United States
U.S. State: Louisiana
City: Shreveport, Louisiana
education: University of Washington
awards: 2001 - Prometheus Hall of Fame Award - The Survival of Freedom
2005 - Robert A. Heinlein Award
1992 - Prometheus Award for Best Novel - Fallen Angels
1973 - John W. Campbell Award for the Best New Writer
Russell Kirk and Stefan T Possony took Pournelle as their protégé. Possony and Pournelle penned several publications, including The Strategy of Technology which later became a textbook for the US Military Academy, US Air Force Academy, the Air War College and the National War College.
The contract between Pournelle and Byte ended in 2006. He then began writing the column for his own website, Chaos Manor Reviews.
He attained great fame and recognition for the books he co-wrote with Larry Niven. Their 1985 novel Footfall reached the No. 1 spot on the New York Times Best Seller List and Lucifer's Hammer (1977) reached No. 2 on the same list. Their novels The Mote in God's Eye and The Gripping Hand were also very successful.
He was also associated with American Association for the Advancement of Science, the British Interplanetary Society, the Royal Astronomical Society and the Operations Research Society of America.
Jerry Pournelle married Roberta Jane Isdell in 1959 and they had five children together.
In 2008, Pournelle was diagnosed with a brain tumour. He was able to battle it successfully with radiation treatment.
Jerry Pournelle died on 8 September 2017, from heart failure, at his home in California.
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