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SFS News: Sir Arthur C. Clarke Died At Age Of 90

Posted by: Klaus Schmidt - Wed Mar 19, 2008 1:31 am
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Post SFS News: Sir Arthur C. Clarke Died At Age Of 90   Posted on: Wed Mar 19, 2008 1:31 am
After prolific and esteemed career, Sir Arthur C. Clarke has passed away in his home of Sri Lanka. Most famous for his novel 2001: A Space Odyssey, Clarke wrote dozens of science fiction and non fiction books and essays.

Clarke was born in Minehead, Somerset, England. As a boy, he enjoyed stargazing and reading old American science fiction pulp magazines (many of which made their way to the UK in ships with sailors who read them to pass the time). After secondary school and studying at Huish's Grammar School, Taunton, he was unable to afford a university education and got a job as an auditor in the pensions section of the Board of Education.

Clarke wrote a number of non-fiction books describing the technical details and societal implications of rocketry and space flight. The most notable of these may be The Exploration of Space (1951) and The Promise of Space (1968). In recognition of these contributions, a geostationary orbit is officially recognized by the International Astronomical Union as a "Clarke orbit".

Clarke lived in Sri Lanka from 1956 until his death, emigrating there when it was still called Ceylon, first in Unawatuna on the south coast, and then in Colombo. Clarke held citizenship of both the UK and Sri Lanka. He was an avid scuba diver and a member of the Underwater Explorers Club; living in Sri Lanka afforded him the opportunity to visit the ocean year-round. It also inspired the locale for his novel The Fountains of Paradise, in which he first described a space elevator. This, he believed, ultimately will be his legacy, more so than geostationary satellites, once space elevators make space shuttles obsolete.

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Post    Posted on: Wed Mar 19, 2008 4:19 am
One of the most brilliant minds of the 20th century.

R.I.P. Sir Arthur C. Clark :(

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Post    Posted on: Wed Mar 19, 2008 7:10 am
very sad

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Post    Posted on: Wed Mar 19, 2008 11:54 am
He will never be forgotten. :(

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Post    Posted on: Wed Mar 19, 2008 12:02 pm
Besides the god-like entity his spaceflight view was quite realistic. No Warp engines, worm holes or whatsoever. Basically we do have this technology level already today, only a bit of engineering is missing.

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Post    Posted on: Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:44 am
Noooo, he was like totally my hero... damn. :cry:

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Post    Posted on: Mon May 19, 2008 10:27 pm
He will be missed...


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