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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Jeffrey Gallant is the Editor-in-Chief and Records Keeper of the Diving Almanac. He is also a contributing editor of DIVER Magazine, and the scientific director of the Greenland Shark and Elasmobranch Education and Research Group (GEERG). Jeffrey started diving in 1982.