Arthur C. Clarke was born in the town of Minehead, Somerset, South West England on the 16th December 1917. He died on the 19th March 2008 on the island of Sri Lanka where he had lived since 1956.
ACC received a knighthood in 2000 for his work in the telecommunications industry - he is credited with creating the communications satellite in an article he wrote for the British Interplanetary Society.
Along with Isaac Asimov and Robert A. Heinlein, ACC is counted as one of the three Grand Old Masters of science fiction. His best known work is '2001: A Space Odyssey', which was based on an earlier short story, 'The Sentinel'.