Born on November 11, 1922 in Indianapolis, Kurt Vonnegut studied at Cornell University and then trained as a chemist. After a brief stint as a journalist, he volunteered for the American army in 1943 after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Sent to Europe as an advance scout during the Second World War, his military career was short lived, and he was captured during the Battle of The Bulge. Serving as a prisoner of war in Dresden, Germany, Vonnegut was a witness to the bombing of Dresden. This incident, which led to 1,35,000 deaths, left a deep scar on Vonnegut’s memory and later formed the root of his most famous novel Slaughterhouse-Five. After the war Vonnegut joined the University of Chicago as a graduate student in Anthropology but his M.A. thesis, ‘Fluctuations Between Good and Evil in Simple Tales’ was not accepted. However, in 1971, his novel Cat’s Cradle (1963) was accepted in lieu of a thesis and he was awarded the degree. After getting his degree, Vonnegut moved on to work as a journalist with the City News Bureau of Chicago. Married in 1945 to his childhood sweetheart, Jane Marie Cox, Vonnegut had three children with her. They divorced in 1979 after which he got married to photographer Jill Krementz with whom he adopted a daughter. He also adopted the three children of his sister.