Asprey, Robert B.

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Asprey, Robert B. Gender: M
Robert Brown Asprey
born on 16 February 1923 at 22:30 (= 10:30 PM )
Place Sioux City, Iowa, 42n30, 96w24
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 27°30' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 13°06 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 21°11'

Robert B. Asprey (at his home in Spain in 2003)


American military historian and author, noted for his books published between 1959 and 2001. Asprey's most famous book is the monumental War in the Shadows: The Guerrilla in History, a sweeping 2500-year survey on the subject.

Asprey's older siblings were actinide and fluorine chemist Larned B. Asprey (1919–2005), a signer of the Szilárd petition, and mathematician and computer scientist Winifred Asprey (1917–2007), founder of Vassar College's computer science department.

In World War II, Asprey was a member of the secret Marine Beach Jumper Unit, then joined the 5th Marine Division.

In 1949, Asprey received his BA (honors) in English and modern history from the University of Iowa. From 1949 to 1950, he was a Fulbright Scholar at New College, Oxford University. From 1955 to 1957, he studied at the University of Vienna. From 1968 to 1972, he was a researcher at New College. In 1974, he attended the University of Nice.

In the 1950s, he served in U.S. Army Intelligence in Austria before returning to the Marine Corps in the Korean War with the rank of captain. He received a Purple Heart and a Presidential Unit Citation for his service.

In 2004, he moved from Spain to Sarasota, Florida. From 2005, he was a research scholar at New College of Florida. Robert B. Asprey died on 26 January 2009 at age 85.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Birth certificate in hand from Sy Scholfield, copy on file.


  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Grant, Scholarship, etc.
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 85)
  • Vocation : Education : Researcher
  • Vocation : Humanities+Social Sciences : Historian (Military)
  • Vocation : Law : Spy/ Counter agent (U.S. Army Intelligence)
  • Vocation : Military : Honors
  • Vocation : Military : Military service
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction (Military)