Robert Jordan was born in 1948 in Charleston, South Carolina.
He taught himself to read when he was four with the incidental aid
of a twelve-years-older brother, and was tackling Mark Twain and
Jules Verne by five. He is a graduate of The Citadel, the Military
College of South Carolina, with a degree in physics. He served two
tours in Vietnam with the U.S. Army; among his decorations are the
Distinguished Flying Cross with bronze oak leaf cluster, the Bronze
Star with "V" and bronze oak leaf cluster, and two Vietnamese
Gallantry Crosses with palm. A history buff, he has also written
dance and theater criticism and enjoyed the outdoor sports of
hunting, fishing, and sailing, and the indoor sports of poker,
chess, pool, and pipe collecting.
Robert Jordan began writing in 1977 and went on to write The
Wheel of Time®, one of the most important and best selling series
in the history of fantasy publishing with over 14 million copies
sold in North America, and countless more sold abroad.
Robert Jordan died on September 16, 2007, after a courageous
battle with the rare blood disease amyloidosis.