Arthur C. Clarke – Renaissance man

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A sad note today on the passing of Arthur C. Clarke – truly a Renaissance man. Many of us know him best as a writer. He sold his first story, “Rescue Party” in 1946 and then went on to publish more than 70 titles.

In 1964, he started to work with the producer Stanley Kubrick on a science fiction movie script, which became the Oscar-winning2001: A Space Odyssey.” In 1985, he published a sequel, “2010: Odyssey Two” which also became a film.

But Clarke’s career was more than just literary. In 1945, in a British magazine he published a technical paper in which he first set out the principles of satellite communicationy.

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His work in his field led to the global satellite systems in use today. His interest in satellite applications for weather forecasting also contributed to the birth of a new branch of meteorology.

It was a life divided between arts and letters – or perhaps better put, a life that brought the two together.

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