Poul William Anderson (November 25, 1926 – July 31, 2001) was an American science fiction author who began his career during one of the Golden Age of the genre and continued to write and remain popular into the 21st century. Anderson also authored several works of fantasy, historical novels, and a prodigious number of short stories. He received numerous awards for his writing, including seven Hugo and three Nebula awards.
In 1948 Anderson received a degree in physics from the University of Minnesota. He married Karen Kruse Anderson in 1953. They had one daughter, Astrid, who is married to science fiction author Greg Bear. Anderson served as the sixth President of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, taking office in 1972.