The title Dean of Science Fiction was first applied to Murray Leinster by Time Magazine in a May 30, 1949 article: "In the U.S., Will F. Jenkins, a 27-year veteran, who also writes under the pen name of Murray Leinster, is regarded as the dean of writers in the field." Leinster noted that he was "called 'Dean' of science fiction writers by virtue of my having outlived a number of better men."
The title was first applied to Heinlein around 1960. (But, see also Most Senior SF Writer.)
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