Arthur C. Clarke, 1917-2008

Famed science and science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke died at his home in Sri Lanka today at the age of 90. Perhaps best known as the co-author of the 1968 movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, the British-born visionary wrote more than 100 books about space, science and the future.

Clarke is credited with conceiving the idea for the geosynchronous communication satellite in 1945, about 20 years before they become practical. He envisioned satellites orbiting at approximately 22,300 miles, which allows them to match the orbit of the Earth and thus remain fixed over the same spot. These are also known as Clarke orbits.

He later helped inspire Robert Richards, Todd Hawley and Peter Diamandis to found the International Space University. Clarke served as chancellor of the Strasbourg-based graduate school.

Arthur C. Clarke was a giant in fields of space, science and science fiction. He will be sorely missed. Rest in peace, Arthur.

Coverage

BBC News: Story, Tribute by Patrick Moore, 1985 Interview, Clips from 2001

Bloomberg.com: Story with biographical information

Daily Telegraph (England): Obituary