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Robert Jordan was born in 1948 in Charleston. He was a graduate of the Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, with a degree in physics, and served two tours in Vietnam. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, sailing, poker, chess, pool and pipe collecting. He died in September 2007.
Epic in every sense - Sunday TimesWith the Wheel of Time, Jordan has come to dominate the world Tolkien began to reveal - New York Times