Born in Shreveport, Louisiana. Jerry E. Pournelle, Ph.D., earned his Bachelors in Psychology and Mathematics, his Masters in Experimental Statistics and Systems Engineering, and his Doctorates in Psychology and Political Science all from the University of Washington.
An excellent SF author, he's also a noted lecturer, consultant and computer columnist (senior consulting editor at BYTE Magazine) and chairs the Citizen's Advisory Council on National Space Policy and The Lunar Society, Inc. He has served as Advisor on Space Policy to the Republican Congressional Leadership and as a Board Member of the L-5 Society.
A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, British Interplanetary Society, Royal Astronomical Society and the Operations Research Society of America, he is also a Senior Member of the American Astronautical Society and the American Institute of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineers. He has served as a past President of the Science Fiction Writers of America and as Science Editor for Twin Circle Magazine and Galaxy SF, and as a columnist for Analog Science Fiction and Infoworld Magazine. His other writing associations include membership in the Author's Guild, National Association of Science Writers, Aviation/Space Writers' Association and the Mystery Writers of America.
He was the first winner of the John W. Campbell Award in 1974, and won the Evans-Freehafer Award in 1977, plus both the "Forrie" and the Inkpot Award (Comic Arts Professional Society) in 1979. He's had over a dozen nominations for Nebula and Hugo Awards. He was nominated for TABA in 1980.
Married in 1959 to Roberta Jane ne Isdell, he has four sons and one daughter. Currently resides in Studio City, California.