An American science fiction writer best remembered for his novel, The Demolished Man, he was the recipient of the inaugural Hugo Award in 1953. He was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2001.
He worked in public relations before turning to fiction writing. He published his famous first novel, The Demolished Man, in 1953.
He was a member of both the football team and the fencing team at the University of Pennsylvania.
He was born and raised in New York City. He married Rolly Goulko in 1936.
He associated with Isaac Asimov at the Hydra Club in New York.