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.

Some of Clarke's novels include Childhood's End, A Fall of Moondust, The Songs of Distant Earth, The Sands of Mars, and Meeting with Medusa. He also wrote many short stories, and several serious works on science.[1][2][3]

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.[4][5]

He was the chairman of the British Interplanetary Society from 1947–1950 and again in 1953.[6][7]

Clarke emigrated to Sri Lanka in 1956 largely to pursue his interest in scuba diving;[8] 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,[9][10] and was awarded Sri Lanka's highest civil honour, Sri Lankabhimanya, in 2005.[11]

Clarke died from heart and respiratory failure at the age of 90.

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Arthur C. Clarke Award

References[change | change source]

  1. Clarke, Arthur C. 1950. Interplanetary flight: an introduction to astronautics. London: Temple Press.
  2. Clarke, Arthur C. 1951. The exploration of space. London: Temple Press, 1951. Updated/revised 1959 and 1979 (with a new introduction).
  3. Clarke, Arthur C. 1962. Profiles of the future. London: Gollancz, and Pan Books.
  4. The 1945 Proposal by Arthur C. Clarke for Geostationary Satellite Communications
  5. The Arthur C. Clarke Foundation
  6. Moon Miners' Manifesto: Arthur C Clarke nominated for Nobel
  7. Benford G. 2008. Obituary: Arthur C. Clarke (1917–2008). Nature 452 (7187): 546–546. [1] PMID 18385726
  8. "Remembering Arthur C. Clarke". Retrieved 2008-03-27.
  9. "The new knight of science fiction". BBC News (BBC). 1 January 1998. Retrieved 26 August 2009.
  10. "Arthur C Clarke knighted". BBC News (BBC). 26 May 2000. Retrieved 26 August 2009.
  11. Government Notification—National Honours, November 2005. Retrieved on 20 October 2008

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