Robert Heinlein

Robert Anson Heinlein (1907 - 1988)

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Robert Anson Heinlein
Born in Butler, Missouri, USAmap
Ancestors ancestors
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Husband of — married in Platte City, Platte, Missouri, USAmap
Husband of — married (to ) in Los Angeles, California, United Statesmap
Husband of — married in Ratan, Colfax, New Mexico, USAmap
[children unknown]
Died in Carmel, California, USAmap
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Robert Heinlein is Notable.

Robert Anson Heinlein was an American science fiction writer. Heinlein was named the first Science Fiction Writers Grand Master in 1974.[7] He won Hugo Awards for four of his novels; in addition, fifty years after publication, three of his works were awarded "Retro Hugos"—awards given retrospectively for works that were published before the Hugo Awards came into existence.[8] In his fiction, Heinlein coined words that have become part of the English language, including "grok" and "waldo", and popularized the terms "TANSTAAFL" and space marine.

Heinlein was born on July 7, 1907 to Rex Ivar Heinlein (an accountant) and Bam Lyle Heinlein, in Butler, Missouri. He was a 6th-generation German-American: a family tradition had it that Heinleins fought in every American war starting with the War of Independence.

In 1929, Heinlein married Elinor Leah Curry of Kansas City in Los Angeles,[13] but their marriage lasted for only about a year.[2] His second marriage in 1932 to Leslyn MacDonald (1904–1981) lasted for 15 years.

On October 21, 1948, he married Virginia "Ginny" Gerstenfeld in Raton, NM.

Heinlein's wrote five novels from 1980 until he died in his sleep from emphysema and heart failure on May 8, 1988.

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United States Census, 1910 Kansas Ward 14, Jackson, Missouri

Rex I Heinlein Head M 31 Illinois Cashier, Implement Co.
Bam L Heinlein Wife F 30 Missouri married 10 yrs, 4 children/4 living
Lawrence L Heinlein Son M 9 Missouri
Rex I Heinlein Jr. Son M 5 Missouri
Robert A Heinlein Son M 2 Missouri
Louise Heinlein Dau F 1 Missouri
Park W Lyle Boarder M 18 Missouri[1]

California County Marriages

Name Robert Anson Heinlein
Male Age 24 Divorced Birthplace Missouri
Residence: Ensign USN, USS Lexington
Father Rex Ivar Heinlein b. IL Mother Bam Lyle b. IA
Marriage 28 Mar 1932 Los Angeles, California (p. 67)
Spouse Leslyn Macdonald
Female Age 27 Birth Massachusetts
Employment: Music Dept., Columbia Pictures
Father Colin Macdonald b. Can Mother Florence Gleason b. MA[2] [3][4]

California Death Index

Robert A Heinlein
Death: 08 May 1988 Monterey, California, United States
Birth 07 Jul 1907 Missouri
Gender Male
Mother's Name Heinlein[5]
  • NY Times Obituary[6]
  • Washington Post article, July 2014: [7]
  • Los Angeles times: Obituary Virginia Heinlein [8]


  1. United States Census, 1910 database with images, FamilySearch (, Rex I Heinlein, Kansas Ward 14, Jackson, Missouri, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 182, sheet 12B, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,374,803.
  2. California, County Marriages, 1850-1952, database with images, FamilySearch (, Robert Anson Heinlein and Leslyn Macdonald, 28 Mar 1932; citing Los Angeles, California, United States, county courthouses, California; FHL microfilm 2,074,984
  5. California Death Index, 1940-1997, database, FamilySearch (, Robert A Heinlein, 08 May 1988; Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento

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