Arthur C. Clarke

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Sir Arthur C. Clarke at his home in 2005

Sir Arthur Charles Clarke (Minehead, Somerset, 6 December 1917 – Colombo, Sri Lanka, 19 March 2008) was a British author and inventor. He was most famous for his science fiction novel 2001: A Space Odyssey, and for working with director Stanley Kubrick on the movie of the same name. Clarke and Isaac Asimov were probably the two best-known science fiction writers of their day.

Clarke served in the Royal Air Force as a radar instructor and technician from 1941–1946. He proposed a satellite communication system in 1945 which won him the Franklin Institute Gold Medal in 1963.[1][2] He was the chairman of the British Interplanetary Society from 1947–1950 and again in 1953.[3][4]

Clarke emigrated to Sri Lanka in 1956 largely to pursue his interest in scuba diving;[5] that year, he discovered the underwater ruins of the ancient Koneswaram temple in Trincomalee. He lived in Sri Lanka until his death. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1998,[6][7] and was awarded Sri Lanka's highest civil honour, Sri Lankabhimanya, in 2005.[8]

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