Arthur C. Clarke
Born in 1917 in the town of Minehead, in Somerset, England, as the eldest of four children, Arthur Charles Clarke was destined to become one of the chief prophets of the space age. As a child, he was enchanted by the night sky and passionately read science fiction. His affinity for tales of exploring the cosmos opened his imagination and fueled a lifelong enthusiasm for space sciences. In 1936, he joined the British Interplanetary Society where he worked with astronautic material and regularly contributed the BIS bulletin. His most notable scientific paper, Can Rocket Stations Give Worldwide Radio Coverage, was so influential that he is credited for inventing satellite communications. His experiences as a radar technician in WWII and his science education made him well adept to make significant contributions to his lifetime love of space exploration. When Clarke began to write science fiction, in earnest, the world began to change in astounding ways. With more than 100 books to his name, his visions of space exploration and life in the future have become the staple of science fiction. His works have also inspired generations of artists, scientists and engineers who are bringing his technological dreams of the future into our reality, today. Despite the flawless depictions of technical details in his works, he never failed to address the spiritually expansive themes that affect all of us. Themes such as spiritual rebirth and discovering our place in the universe were addressed in his revolutionary novel and movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Perhaps the true realization of Arthur C. Clarke’s legacy is for us to work together and forge a future where humankind has reached the pinnacle of spirituality while coexisting in an idealized technological world.