Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Arthur C. Clarke 1917-2008

2nd NE Quadrant\The Approval Matrix: Week of March 31, 2008

Arthur C. Clarke at his home office in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 28 March 2005 (photo by Amy Marash).

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


Anonymous said...

I know that commemorating someone in the Matrix is in general a good thing. But doesn't having someone who recently died in the NE quadrant kind of seem like they're saying it's "brilliant" the person passed away?

ibrahim said...

I really think they're implying that HE was brilliant, but I see your point.