Name: Arthur C. Clarke
Born: December 16, 1917, in Minehead, Somerset, England, United Kingdom
Death: March 19, 2008 (Age: 91)
- 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.
- 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."