Arthur C. Clarke

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Clarke, Arthur C.

(Sir Arthur Charles Clarke), 1917–2008, British science fiction writer. During World War II he served as a radar instructor and aviator in the Royal Air Force. After the war he obtained a degree in physics and mathematics from King's College, London (1948) and in 1956 he settled permanently in Sri Lanka. His popular, technologically realistic books and stories are based not solely on imagination but also on scientific fact and theory. His works blend dread and wonder as they examine the search for meaning in the universe and as they champion the idea that humanity's future lies far beyond Earth. Among his nearly 100 books are Childhood's End (1953), The Nine Billion Names of God (1967), Rendezvous with Rama (1973), and The Songs of Distant Earth (1983); he alwo wrote more than 1,000 short stories and essays. In 1968 he collaborated with filmmaker Stanley KubrickKubrick, Stanley
, 1928–99, American film director, writer, and producer, b. New York City. His visually stunning, thematically daring, boldly idiosyncratic, and darkly compelling films generally portray a deeply flawed humanity.
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 on 2001: A Space Odyssey, a novel that became an extremely successful motion picture with a screenplay also co-written by Kubrick and Clarke. Three novelistic sequels by Clarke followed, the last in 1997. Clarke's Collected Stories were published in 2001. Many of his ideas proved to be prophetic. In 1945, for instance, Clarke proposed the concept of positioning an artificial satellite in an orbit in which it circles the earth every 24 hours, thus appearing stationary to the locale below. Today, dozens of such communications satellites orbit the earth in a geosynchronous circuit known as the Clarke orbit. He was knighted in 1998.

Bibliography

See his Astounding Days: A Science Fictional Autobiography (1990); biography by N. McAleer (1992); study by J. D. Olander and M. H. Greenberg, ed. (1977), G. E. Slusser (1977), E. S. Rabkin (1979), and J. Hollow (1983).

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This years Sir Arthur Clarke Awards for outstanding achievements in space activities were presented at a gala dinner.
It is interesting to read that in 1976, author Arthur Clarke predicted that devices enabling people to send pictures and graphics and receive all types of information would be available in the "future.
In fact, this was the team's second award: earlier in 2015, the Beagle 2 project team, scientists and engineers, were awarded the Sir Arthur Clarke Award for project/team achievement by the British Interplanetary Society at the UK Space Conference.
The opportunity to present the first copy of his book to the late Sir Arthur Clarke in 2007 remains his most cherished memory.
Steelworker Mr Arthur Clarke, 64, and his wife were just back from Wembley, where they saw their son achieve his life's ambition to gain a Cup Final winner's medal.
The Muni triple of John Herbert, Nigel Walker and Grahame Spiby tried their best against a solid trio of Ian Smith, Arthur Clarke and experienced skip Rob Robinson, but needing a massive score were restricted to singles and the odd two shots.
It is a strange coincidence that she chose, from all the years in the future, exactly the same one as Arthur Clarke for 2001: A Space Odyssey.
As Arthur Clarke once said, "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
5) ARTHUR CLARKE - pounds 140,000 TAX cheat Arthur Clark was jailed for 21 months after he was convicted of cheating the Inland Revenue out of more than pounds 140,000 over five years.
While this point is highly debatable Sankar is on firmer ground when he describes leaps forward in technology propelled by innovators such as da Vinci and Arthur Clarke the conceptualizer of transistor radios.
My last article quoted a statement made by the English writer Arthur Clarke that goes as follows: "new ideas pass through three periods: 1) It can't be done.