EE Smith (Novelist) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

E. E. Smith

Edward Elmer Smith, publishing as E. E. Smith, Ph.D. and later as E. E. “Doc” Smith, was an American food engineer and science-fiction author, best known for the Lensman and Skylark series. He is sometimes called the father of space opera.

Born: Edward Elmer Smith, May 2, 1890, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, US
Died: August 31, 1965, Seaside, Oregon, US
Pen name: E. E. “Doc” Smith
Occupation: Food engineer, writer
Nationality: American
Alma mater: University of Idaho (two degrees in chemical engineering, 1914)
Period: 1928–1965 (published writer)
Genre: Science fiction (notably space opera)
IMDb: E. E. Smith’s IMDb

About EE Smith

An American science fiction writer and food engineer, he is best known for his Lensman and Skylark series. He is widely regarded as the founder of the “space opera” science fiction sub-genre.

Before Fame

He worked as a junior chemist for the National Bureau of Standards in Washington, D.C. As a food engineer, he concentrated on the creation of pastry and doughnut mixes.


He graduated from the University of Idaho in 1914.

Family Life

He was born to devout Presbyterian parents in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He married Jeanne Craig MacDougall in 1915.


He influenced the work of George Lucas.

Information related to E. E. Smith

  • Writers from Boise, Idaho
  • Science Fiction Hall of Fame inductees
  • Pulp fiction writers
  • University of Idaho alumni

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Latest information about EE Smith updated on August 30, 2020.

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