Jerry Pournelle

1933 - 2017

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Jerry Eugene Pournelle (; August 7, 1933 – September 8, 2017) was an American polymath: scientist in the area of operations research and human factors research, science fiction writer, essayist, journalist, and one of the first bloggers. In the 1960s and early 1970s, he worked in the aerospace industry, but eventually focused on his writing career. In an obituary in Gizmodo, he is described as "a tireless ambassador for the future."Pournelle's hard science fiction writing received multiple awards. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jerry Pournelle has received more than 559,846 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia. Jerry Pournelle is the 5,760th most popular writer (down from 4,986th in 2019), the 10,611th most popular biography from United States (down from 8,553rd in 2019) and the 803rd most popular Writer.

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Among writers, Jerry Pournelle ranks 5,760 out of 5,755Before him are Jean Rouaud, Gyrðir Elíasson, Tristan Taormino, Mary Lamb, Cynthia Ozick, and Thomas Lodge. After him are Ama Ata Aidoo, Sam Lake, Michelle Paver, Robert Cormier, George Farquhar, and Andrew Sarris.

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Among people born in 1933, Jerry Pournelle ranks 451Before him are Pete Wilson, Maurice Stokes, John Cannon, Tom Courtney, Jeffrey Goldstone, and Renato Pirocchi. After him are Chris Lawrence, Sergio Renán, Leonard Peikoff, David McCullough, Irwin M. Jacobs, and Don Young. Among people deceased in 2017, Jerry Pournelle ranks 507Before him are Warren Frost, Hans Gerschwiler, Muhal Richard Abrams, Benjamin Whitrow, Gianuario Carta, and Erin Moran. After him are George Steele, Bano Qudsia, Graham Taylor, Viktor Kupreichik, Nicole Bricq, and Aleksandr Salnikov.

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Among people born in United States, Jerry Pournelle ranks 10,611 out of 18,182Before him are Mike Bryan (1978), Irene Sharaff (1910), Hector Dyer (1910), Virginia Valli (1895), Tom Scholz (1947), and Beth Ditto (1981). After him are Caleb Cushing (1800), Dot Jones (1964), Ted Lange (1948), Jimmy Dean (1928), Rufus King (1755), and Shirley Scott (1934).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Jerry Pournelle ranks 803Before him are Lisa Brennan-Jobs (1978), Stephen Vincent Benét (1898), Elizabeth Moon (1945), Beverly Cleary (1916), Tristan Taormino (1971), and Cynthia Ozick (1928). After him are Robert Cormier (1925), Andrew Sarris (1928), Thomas Beatie (1974), Christopher Moore (1957), Kiera Cass (1981), and David Gerrold (1944).