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 Times * A fantasy phenomenon * SFX * With the Wheel of Time, Jordan has come to dominate the world that Tolkien began to reveal * New York Times * [The] hugely ambitious Wheel of Time series helped redefine the genre -- George R. R. Martin Anyone who's writing epic or secondary world fantasy knows Robert Jordan isn't just a part of the landscape, he's a monolith within the landscape -- Patrick Rothfuss Robert Jordan's work has been a formative influence and an inspiration for a generation of writers -- Brent Weeks