I have just used the BBC listen again service – fantastic service it is, too – to listen to a biography on the life of Arthur C. Clarke. It’s only about half an hor long, but it is reallt interesting. Here’s the link:
It was recorded back in October 0f 2005, two and a half years before his death this March, and is a wonderful glimpse into the life and mind of one of Great Britain’ s most esteemed scientists as well as a science fiction novelist.
Arthur C. Clarke served in the RAF as a radar instructor and technician from 1941-1946. It was during this time that he came up with the concept of satellite communication systems in 1945. As well as winning many awards in his lifetime, he was also the chairman of the British Interplanetary Society from 1947 to 1950 and was finally given a knighthood in 1998, ten years before his death in Sri Lanka.
His work, at the very least, lives on as some of the best speculative fiction in the world along with Asimov, Pohl and the like.