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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Sir Arthur C. Clarke

Sir Arthur C. Clarke was born in Minehead, Somerset in England in 1917. He is a graduate of King's College, London (where he obtained a First Class Honors in Physics and Mathematics), a past Chairman of the British Interplanetary Society, and a member of the Academy of Astronautics, the Royal Astronomical Society and many other scientific organizations.

He served with the RAF during the Second World War and was in charge of the first radar talk-down equipment during its experimental trials.

He wrote a monograph for Wireless World in 1945 predicting satellite communications, and did it so well that when the first few commercial satellites were launched twenty years later they could not be patented. He has written over sixty books, among them the science fiction classics , Childhood's, The City and the stars and Rendezvous with Rama (which was unique in winning all three major science fiction trophies, the Hugo, Nebula and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards).

In 1968 he shared an Oscar nomination with Stanley Kubrick for the screenplay of 2001 A Space Odyssey. He became widely known for his non-fiction work with the television series Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World. Sir Arthur C. Clarke has for many years made his home in Sri Lanka. He is the chancellor of the University of Moratuwa and Patron of the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies.

He was awarded the CBE by the Queen of England in 1989. A knighthood was awarded to him by the Queen of England in 1998.

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