CLARKE, Sir Arthur C. (KBE)

United Kingdom (1917-2008)

Last updated: January 8, 2018 at 16:28 pm

Pioneer diver; author; science writer; futurist; humanist; TV host; author of 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1968; discovered underwater ruins of the ancient Koneswaram temple in Sri Lanka; discovered a shipwreck of the Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb, off Great Basses Reef in 1961; author of The Reefs of Taprobane in 1957; patron of the Reefcombers of Ceylon diving club; was diagnosed with polio in 1962, which reduced his diving activities; first described the idea of geostationary satellites as telecommunication relays in 1945; a.k.a. the Prophet of the Space Age.

“I’m sometimes asked how I would like to be remembered. I’ve had a diverse career as a writer, underwater explorer, space promoter and science populariser. Of all these, I want to be remembered most as a writer — one who entertained readers, and, hopefully, stretched their imagination as well.” — Sir Arthur C. Clarke (KBE)

Honours and Awards:

Sri Lankabhimanya (The Pride of Sri Lanka) (2005)
Knighthood (UK, 1982)
UNESCO Kalinga Prize for popularizing science (1961)

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