Born December 16, 1917, Sir Arthur Clarke is one of the supreme science fiction writers of the century, achieving vast popularity with 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1968. He has over twenty million books in print and has won every imaginable science fiction award, including the Science Fiction Writers of America Grand Master Award for life achievement in 1968.
In addition to his literary accomplishments, Sir Arthur, a former radar officer for the RAF, invented the communications satellite. For this achievement, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize; in 1998 he was knighted by Queen Elizabteh for Services to Literature.
Sir Arthur lives in Sri Lanka, and survived the tsunamis of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. In 1988, he was diagnosed with post-polio syndrome and has since needed to use a wheelchair. On November 14, 2005 Sri Lanka awarded Arthur C. Clarke its highest civilian award, the Lankabhimanaya (Pride of Lanka) award, for his contributions to science and technology and his commitment to his adopted country.
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