Arthur Clarke

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Arthur C. ClarkName: Arthur C. Clarke

Born: December 16, 1917, in Minehead, Somerset, England, United Kingdom

Death: March 19, 2008 (Age: 91)

Computer-related contributions

  • British science fiction author, inventor, and futurist.
  • Author of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  • Worked on Ground Controlled Approach (GCA) radar defense system that contributed to the Royal Air Force success during the Battle of Britain. One of the first to set out the principles of satellite communications.

Significant publications

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
  • Childhood's End, The Exploration of Space (1951).
  • The Promise of Space (1968).

Honors and awards

  • Franklin Institute Stuart Ballantine Gold Medal in 1963 for proposing a satellite communication system in 1945.


"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

"One of the great tragedies of mankind is that morality has been hijacked by religion."