As a boy, he lived on a farm, where he enjoyed stargazing , fossil collecting, and reading American science fiction pulp magazines. He received his secondary education at Huish Grammar school in Taunton. Some of his early influences included dinosaur cigarette cards , which led to an enthusiasm for fossils starting about Clarke also contributed pieces to the Debates and Discussions Corner, a counterblast to an Urania article offering the case against space travel, and also his recollections of the Walt Disney film Fantasia. He moved to London in and joined the Board of Education as a pensions auditor. Clarke spent most of his wartime service working on ground-controlled approach GCA radar, as documented in the semi-autobiographical Glide Path , his only non-science-fiction novel.

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Contact Arthur C. His father was a farmer. He was the first person to come up with the idea of satellite communication and he presented the idea long before it actually became a reality. Also to his credit is the prediction of super fast computers and space shuttles in addition to man reaching the moon and communication as quick as lightening. A Space Odyssey by far remains his most famous work. The books also turned into a very successful film directed by Stanley Kubrick.

Clarke also produced sequels of A Space Odyssey. Clarke also wrote a number of non-fiction publications. Arthur Clarke tied the marital knot in but ended up divorced a few years later in The marriage did not produce any children. In , Clarke had moved to Sri Lanka because he was attracted to the marine diving in the country.

He believed marine diving was the nearest he could come to the feeling of being weightless like in space. In the year , Clarke was knighted by Queen Elizabeth. However, due to the poor status of his health, Clarke was unable to travel to London receive the honor personally.

On March 19, , at the age of 90, Arthur C. Clarke passed away in Sri Lanka due to acute breathing problems. He had also been suffering a post-polio syndrome for decades and had been using a wheelchair.

The Sri Lankan President, Mahinda Rajapakse paid his tribute and respects to Clarke by referring to him as a great visionary. Clarke had wanted a secular private funeral for which he had left strict instructions. Also according to his will, Clarke was buried in the family plot of Hector Ekanayake, his business partner in Sri Lanka.

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