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Arthur C. Clarke
Clarke in February 1965, on one of the sets of 2001: A Space Odyssey
|Born||Arthur Charlie Clarke
16 December 1917
Minehead, Somerset, England
|Died||19 March 2008
Colombo, Sri Lanka
|Pen name||Charles Willis
E. G. O'Brien
|Occupation||Writer, inventor, futurist|
|Alma mater||King's College London|
|Period||1946–2008 (professional fiction writer)|
|Genre||Hard science fiction
(m. 1953; div. 1964)
Sir Arthur Charles Clarke (Minehead, Somerset, 6 December 1917 – Colombo, Sri Lanka, 19 March 2008) was a British author and inventor. He was most famous for his science fiction novel 2001: A Space Odyssey, and for working with director Stanley Kubrick on the movie of the same name. Clarke and Isaac Asimov were probably the two best-known science fiction writers of their day.
Some of Clarke's novels include Childhood's End, A Fall of Moondust, The Songs of Distant Earth, The Sands of Mars, and Meeting with Medusa. He also wrote many short stories, and several serious works on science.
He was the chairman of the British Interplanetary Society from 1947–1950 and again in 1953.
Clarke emigrated to Sri Lanka in 1956 largely to pursue his interest in scuba diving; That year, he discovered the underwater ruins of the ancient Koneswaram temple in Trincomalee. He lived in Sri Lanka until his death. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1998, and was awarded Sri Lanka's highest civil honour, Sri Lankabhimanya, in 2005.
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