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Arthur C. Clarke Poster

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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 16 December 1917Minehead, Somerset, England, UK
Date of Death 19 March 2008Colombo, Sri Lanka  (respiratory problems)
Birth NameArthur Charles Clarke

Mini Bio (1)

Arthur C. Clarke was born in the seaside town of Minehead, Somerset, England in December 16, 1917. In 1936 he moved to London, where he joined the British Interplanetary Society. There he started to experiment with astronautic material in the BIS, write the BIS Bulletin and science fiction. During World War II, as a RAF officer, he was in charge of the first radar talk-down equipment, the Ground Controlled Approach, during its experimental trials. His only non-science-fiction novel, Glide Path, is based on this work. After the war, he returned to London and to the BIS, which he presided in 46-47 and 50-53. In 1945 he published the technical paper "Extra-terrestrial Relays" laying down the principles of the satellite com- communication with satellites in geostationary orbits - a speculation realized 25 years later. His invention has brought him numerous honors, such as the 1982 Marconi International Fellowship, a gold medal of the Franklin Institute, the Vikram Sarabhai Professorship of the Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, the Lindbergh Award and a Fellowship of King's College, London. Today, the geostationary orbit at 36,000 kilometers is named The Clarke Orbit by the International Astronomical Union. The first story Clarke sold professionally was "Rescue Party", written in March 1945 and appearing in Astounding Science in May 1946. He obtained first class honors in Physics and Mathematics at the King's College, London, in 1948.

In 1953 he met an American named Marilyn Torgenson, and married her less than three weeks later. They split in December 1953. As Clarke says, "The marriage was incompatible from the beginning. It was sufficient proof that I wasn't the marrying type, although I think everybody should marry once". Clarke first visited Colombo, Sri Lanka (at the time called Ceylon) in December 1954. In 1954 Clarke wrote to Dr Harry Wexler, then chief of the Scientific Services Division, U.S. Weather Bureau, about satellite applications for weather forecasting. Of these communications, a new branch of meteorology was born, and Dr. Wexler became the driving force in using rockets and satellites for meteorological research and operations. In 1954 Clarke started to give up space for the sea. About the reasons, he said: "I now realise that it was my interest in astronautics that led me to the ocean. Both involve exploration, of course - but that's not the only reason. When the first skin-diving equipment started to appear in the late 1940s, I suddenly realized that here was a cheap and simple way of imitating one of the most magical aspects of spaceflight - weightessness." In the book Profiles of the Future (1962) he looks at the probable shape of tomorrow's world. In this book he states his three Laws: 1."When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong." 2."The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible." 3."Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." In 1964, he started to work with Stanley Kubrick in a SF movie script. After 4 years, he shared an Oscar Academy Award nomination with him for the film version of 2001: A Space Odyssey. He co-broadcasted the Apollo 11 , 12 and 15 missions with Walter Cronkite and Wally Schirra for CBS. In 1985, He published a sequel to 2001 : 2010: Odyssey Two. He worked with Peter Hyams in the movie version of 2010. They work was done using a Kaypro computer and a modem, for Arthur was in Sri Lanka and Peter Hyams in Los Angeles. Their communications turned into the book The Odyssey File - The Making of 2010. His thirteen-part TV series Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World in 1981 and Arthur C. Clarke's World of strange Powers in 1984 has now been screened in many countries. He made part of other TV series about the space, as Walter Cronkite's Universe series in 1981. He has lived in Colombo, Sri Lanka since 1956 and has been doing underwater exploration along that coast and the Great Barrier Reef. So far it has been to over 70 books, almost as many non-fiction, as science fiction. In March 1998, his latest, and probably last, novel: 3001: The Final Odyssey was released.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: DKRasmussen, Denmark <Solbj-us@po.ia.dk>

Spouse (1)

Marilyn Torgenson (15 June 1953 - 1964) (divorced)

Trivia (14)

He was awarded the Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 1998 Queen's Honours List for his services to literature and astronomy.
He lived in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 1956 until his death in 2008.
Former member of the British Interplanetary Society.
He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1989 Queen's Honours List for his services to literature and astronomy.
Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.
The Clarke belt was named after him, following his proposal of the concept in 1945. It relates to the geosynchronous (also geostationary) orbit that satellites are placed into.
Received Nebula Awards for his novels "Rendezvous with Rama" and "The Fountains of Paradise" and for his novella "A Meeting with Medusa".
Received Hugo Awards for his novels "Rendezvous with Rama" and "The Fountains of Paradise" as well as for his short story "The Star".
Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, vol. 130, pg. 72-81. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
According to a 1980 issue of "Science Digest," the Flat Earth Society credits him for scripting the allegedly fake moon-landings.
His novel "The fountains of paradise" won the 1980 HUGO award for the best novel.
In 1997, his novel "A Fall of Moondust" was loosely adapted into a screenplay by Chris Soth. It was never filmed.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) was inspired by an earlier short story he had written, "The Sentinel".
Enjoyed a friendly rivalry with fellow science fiction writer Isaac Asimov.

Personal Quotes (12)

"When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong." - Clarke's First Law.
The only way to discover the limits of the possible, is to go beyond them, into the impossible"-Clarke's 2nd law
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic"-Clarke's 3rd law
"To read computer manuals without the hardware is as frustrating as to read sex manuals without the software". - Clarke's 69th law of magic.
Before you become too entranced with gorgeous gadgets and mesmerizing video displays, let me remind you that information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, and wisdom is not foresight. Each grows out of the other, and we need them all.
A well stocked mind is safe from boredom.
He uses a tame black hole as a filing system! [Describing Stanley Kubrick]
I want to be remembered most as a writer. I want to entertain readers and hopefully stretch their imaginations as well.
Some of my best friends are astronomers and I'm sorry to keep throwing stones at them. But they do seem to have an appalling record as prophets.
I have one ambition - to have a dolphin for a friend. I nearly said 'to own one', but it is a question of who owns who.
They say that happiness is a childhood wish achieved in adult life. I always wanted the biggest Meccano set. When I am completely senile all I shall want is a large room with a soft carpet and the largest set. Then I shall happily revert to childhood. They've stopped making the No. 10 sets, so I must try to get one of them quickly before it's too late.
If you understand 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) completely, we failed. We wanted to raise far more questions than we have answered.

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