PRO­FILE OF A FU­TUR­IST

Piv­otal mo­ments in the life of Arthur C Clarke

Sky at Night Magazine - - ARTHUR C CLARKE -

16 De­cem­ber 1917 Born in Mine­head, Som­er­set

Late 1920s De­vel­ops a fas­ci­na­tion with as­tron­omy, tele­scopes, di­nosaurs and mys­ter­ies Late 1920s/early 1930s Reads Amaz­ing Sto­ries and As­tound­ing Science Fic­tion mag­a­zines 1934 Joins the British In­ter­plan­e­tary So­ci­ety ƨ Con­ducts radar and ground-con­trolled ap­proach work in the Royal Air Force 1945 Pro­poses geo­sta­tion­ary satel­lite com­mu­ni­ca­tions in Wire­less World mag­a­zine 1948 Grad­u­ates with a BSc in math­e­mat­ics and physics from King’s Col­lege Lon­don 1950s Devotes him­self to full-time writ­ing 1956 Moves to Sri Lanka, where he lives un­til the end of his life ƨ Works with Stan­ley Kubrick on 2001: A Space Odyssey ƨ Be­comes com­men­ta­tor for US TV chan­nel CBS dur­ing the Apollo mis­sions 1980 First episode of Arthur C Clarke’s Mys­te­ri­ous World broad­cast on ITV 1988 Di­ag­nosed with post-polio syn­drome, and is even­tu­ally con­fined to a wheelchair 2000 Re­ceives a knight­hood dur­ing a pri­vate cer­e­mony at his home in Colombo, Sri Lanka 2007 Re­leases a video mes­sage on YouTube on his 90th birth­day 19 March 2008 Dies and is later buried in Colombo

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