2nd NE Quadrant\The Approval Matrix: Week of March 31, 2008
Sir Arthur C. Clarke, the science fiction writer, died at the age of 90 in his adopted home of Sri Lanka on March 18, 2008.
Clarke had battled debilitating post-polio syndrome since the 1960s and sometimes used a wheelchair.
The visionary author of more than 70 books, who was nominated for a Nobel Prize after predicting the existence of satellites, was most famous for his short story "The Sentinel", which was expanded into the novel that was later adapted for Stanley Kubrick's film "2001: A Space Odyssey".
He was also credited with inventing the concept of communications satellites in 1945, decades before they became a reality. -- Times Online