Jerry Pournelle: A Short Biography - InformationWeek
Infrastructure // PC & Servers
02:32 PM

Jerry Pournelle: A Short Biography

You might know him from his science fiction novels or from his "Computing at Chaos Manor" columns in BYTE. What you probably don't know is that Jerry Pournelle is a polymath with degrees in statistics, systems engineering, psychology, and political science, and a working knowledge of just about anything else you can think of.

In the computer industry, Jerry Pournelle is best known for "Computing At Chaos Manor," the industry's first and longest-running monthly column, now over 20 years old. The column first appeared in BYTE Magazine in 1979 and ran for several years in one or two overseas publications through mid-2001. Most recently it was reincarnated as Chaos Manor Reviews, a dedicated site.

Jerry Eugene Pournelle was born in 1933 in Shreveport, La. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He holds masters' degrees in experimental statistics and systems engineering, and Ph.D.s in psychology and political science, all from the University of Washington. He worked in the aerospace industry at Boeing on Project Thor to study kinetic projectile space bombardment and on Project 75, "a 1964 study of 1975 defense requirements."

Jerry is a science writer and journalist but considers fiction his primary profession. He's best known for the sci-fi books he co-wrote with Larry Niven, including Oath of Fealty; The Mote in God's Eye, and the sequel to Mote, The Gripping Hand. He is also known for several books based on Falkenberg's Legion, a fictional mercenary infantry force.

Listen to BYTE's series of podcast interviews with Jerry Pournelle, with topics ranging from how sci-fi writers predict the future to why the Internet will never die.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Threaded  |  Newest First  |  Oldest First
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
2017 State of the Cloud Report
As the use of public cloud becomes a given, IT leaders must navigate the transition and advocate for management tools or architectures that allow them to realize the benefits they seek. Download this report to explore the issues and how to best leverage the cloud moving forward.
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on for the week of November 6, 2016. We'll be talking with the editors and correspondents who brought you the top stories of the week to get the "story behind the story."
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll