Arthur C. Clarke

Novelist, Author

1917 – 2008

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Who was Arthur C. Clarke?

Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, CBE, FRAS was a British science fiction writer, science writer, inventor, undersea explorer, and television series host.

He is perhaps most famous for being co-writer of the screenplay for the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, considered by the American Film Institute to be one of the most influential films of all time. His other science fiction writings earned him a number of Hugo and Nebula awards, along with a large readership, making him into one of the towering figures of the field. For many years he, along with Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov, were known as the "Big Three" of science fiction.

Clarke was a lifelong proponent of space travel. In 1934 while still a teenager, he joined the British Interplanetary Society. In 1945, he proposed a satellite communication system—an idea that, in 1963, won him the Franklin Institute's Stuart Ballantine Medal. Later he was the chairman of the British Interplanetary Society from 1946–47 and again in 1951-53.

Clarke was also a science writer, who was both an avid popularizer of space travel and a futurist of uncanny ability, who won a Kalinga Prize in 1961. These all together eventually earned him the moniker "prophet of the space age".

Famous Quotes:

  • Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

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Born
Dec 16, 1917
Minehead
Also known as
  • Arthur Charles Clarke
  • Charles Willis
  • E. G. O'Brien
  • Sir Arthur Charles Clarke
  • Arthur Clark
  • Clarke, Arthur C.
  • Arthur Clarke
  • Charles Wills
  • Charles A Wills
Spouses
Religion
  • Agnosticism
  • Atheism
Nationality
  • Sri Lanka
  • United Kingdom
Profession
Education
  • King's College London
Lived in
  • Sri Lanka
    (1956 - 2008)
  • United Kingdom
Died
Mar 19, 2008
Colombo
Resting place
Colombo Cemetery

Submitted
on July 23, 2013