Philip Nowlan

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(November 13, 1888 – February 1, 1940)

Philip Nowlan

Philip Francis Nowlan was an American science fiction author, best known as the creator of Buck Rogers. He also wrote as Frank Phillips.

From his boyhood, Nowlan was a fan of the stories of Jules Verne. His 1928 Amazing Stories novella, Armageddon 2419 A.D., introduced the Buck Rogers character, which inspired the comic strip that Nowlan wrote, illustrated by Dick Calkins. He wrote several other stories for the prozines as well as the posthumously published mystery, The Girl from Nowhere.

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played football and acted in university shows, he worked as a newspaper columnist. He moved to the Philadelphia suburb of Bala Cynwyd. He was married to Theresa Marie Junker, daughter of a Philadelphia baker, and they had 10 children: four girls and six boys.

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