Nov 27, 1907 - Nov 6, 2000
L. Sprague de Camp, born in New York City and educated there, in the South, and in California, received his BS in Aeronautical Engineering from Cal Tech in 1930 and earned his MS from Stevens Institute three years later. He served as a Lieutenant Commander in the US Naval Reserve in WWII. For the last half-century, he has spent his life pounding a hot typewriter, first in Suburban Philadelphia and then in Texas.
Now author of over 120 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books and several hundred short stories, he is also well-known for many non-fiction works in history, science, and biography.
Among his numerous awards is The Gandalf, the Grand Master Award for Lifetime Achievement in Fantasy, presented in 1976. Two years later Sprague received from the Science Fiction Writers of America their Grand Master Nebula Award.