Richard Hooker (author)

American surgeon and novelist

Hiester Richard Hornberger Jr. (February 1, 1924 – November 4, 1997) was an American writer and surgeon. He wrote under the pseudonym Richard Hooker.

Hornberger's best-known work was his novel MASH (1968), based on his dramatic and comedic experiences as a wartime army surgeon doctor during the Korean War (1950–1953). It was used as the source for an award-winning movie movie – M*A*S*H (1970) and the long running television series (1972–1983) of the same name.

Hooker was born in Trenton, New Jersey. He studied at Bowdoin College and at Cornell University. Hooker died on November 4, 1997 in Waterville, Maine from leukemia, aged 73.[1]


  1. "H. Richard Hornberger, 73, Surgeon Behind 'M*A*S*H'", The New York Times, November 7, 1997