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.