Spotlight – Alan E. Nourse

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Alan E. Nourse

Every once in a while I like to feature authors from the past that helped change the world. Alan Edward Nourse is one of these. He was a prolific writer during the 50’s and 60’s. He mostly wrote for the pulp magazines under the pen name Doctor X. Nourse was more than just a writer; his primary occupation was a physician. He wrote both juvenile and adult science fiction, as well as nonfiction works about medicine and science. His stories focused on medicine or psionics.

In science fiction of the 1950s and ’60s, psionics was a proposed discipline that applied principles of engineering to the study of paranormal or psychic phenomena, such as telepathy and psychokinesis. The term is a blending of psi and the -onics from electronics.

Nourse was born August 11, 1928 in Des Moines, Iowa. He attended high school in Long Island, New York. He served in the U.S. Navy after World War II. He earned a BS science degree in 1951 from Rutgers University. He married Ann Morton on June 11, 1952, in Linden, New Jersey. He received a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree in 1955 from the University of Pennsylvania. He began his practice in North Bend, Washington, and during that time pursued his writing career. He had helped pay for his medical education by writing science fiction for magazines. After retiring from medicine, he continued writing. His regular column in Good Housekeeping magazine earned him the nickname “The Family Doctor”

He died on July 19, 1992, in Thorp, Washington at the age of 64.

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