Robert A. Heinlein, the renowned science fiction writer, was born in Butler, Missouri on July 7, 1907. After his death in 1988, his wife, Virginia, advised the library of her husband’s wish to expand the library. Funds from the Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Foundation enabled the renovation of the library, construction of the new wing, and further provisions were made for ongoing maintenance and other continuing assistance from the Foundation. Renovation and construction were completed in 1991.
Heinlein published over one hundred novels, short stories, and articles. He won six Hugo awards, and has had his work adapted into four movies and five television series.
Most of his books are still in print in many languages, and his influence can be clearly seen in the writings of many important authors writing today.
In 2001, Virginia Heinlein endowed the Robert Anson Heinlein Chair in Aerospace Engineering at the US Naval Academy.
She also endowed the public library in Robert Heinlein’s birthplace of Butler, Missouri, and helped to found the Heinlein Society.
“Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: Volume 1 (1907-1948): Learning Curve”
by William H. Patterson, Jr.