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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2426

Sri Lanka to celebrate 90th birthday of 'Space Guru' Arthur C. Clarke

Colombo, 07 December, (Asiantribune.com): A former astronaut from United States is expected to participate on 16th December, in the 90th birthday celebrations of Arthur C. Clarke, one of the grand masters of science fiction.Asian Tribune learns that Sri Lanka Government is making arrangements to celebrate the 90th Birthday of Aurthur C.Clarke on a grand scale.Asian Tribune learns that Sri Lanka Government is making arrangements to celebrate the 90th Birthday of Aurthur C.Clarke on a grand scale.

Asian Tribune learns that Sri Lanka Government is making arrangements to celebrate the 90th Birthday of Aurthur C.Clarke on a grand scale.

It is reported that Ministry of Foreign Affaires is making all the arrangements and the celeberation is expected to be held under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapakse.

It is expected that either a former astronaut or an official from NASA would participate in the celebrations on behalf of the United States of America.

Also Arthur Clarke’s friends and associates from various countries all over the world will be there participating in the birthday celebrations of outer space Guru.

Arthur Clarke was born in the seaside town of Minehead, Somerset, England on December 16, 1917. He was the eldest of four children.
UK writer, resident since 1956 in Sri Lanka. Apart from his literary endeavours, however, Clarke may best be remembered as the inventor of communication satellite, an idea he first expounded in a 1945 article entitled 'Extraterrestial Relays.'

Clarke is fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and recipient of many awards for his science fiction. He was the guest of honour at the 1956 World Science Fiction Convention, when he won a Hugo for his story 'The Star'. Rendezvous with Rama won the Nebula and Hugo Awards, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Clarke has also won the Franklin Gold Medal, and in 1962 the UNESCO-Kalinga Prize for popularizing science. He married Marilyn Mayfield in 1954 (divorced 1964). Clarke's Venus Prime series is franchised to Paul Preuss.

In 1988, he was diagnosed with post-polio syndrome and since has needed to use a wheelchair most of the time. On 10 September 2007, while commenting on the Cassini probe's flyby of Iapetus (which plays an important role in 2001: A Space Odyssey), Clarke mentioned that he now is completely wheelchair-bound by polio, and does not plan to leave Sri Lanka again.

Clarke was the first Chancellor of the International Space University, serving from 1989 to 2004, and also served as Chancellor of Moratuwa University in Sri Lanka from 1979 to 2002.

In early 1998, Clarke was scheduled to be made a knight, with Prince Charles visiting Sri Lanka in order to make the investiture.

Just before the ceremony, a British tabloid, The Sunday Mirror, claimed in a sensationalist story that Clarke was an avowed paedophile, giving supposed quotations from Clarke about the harmlessness of his predilection for boys. Clarke released a statement saying that "the accusations are such nonsense that I have found it difficult to treat them with the contempt that they deserve."

He also said, "I categorically state that The Sunday Mirror's article is grossly defamatory and contains statements which in themselves and by innuendo are quite false, grossly inaccurate and extremely harmful." He later asked that the investiture of his knighthood be delayed "in order to avoid embarrassment to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales during his visit to Sri Lanka." In answer to the newspaper's allegations, Clarke was investigated by Sri Lankan authorities, who eventually dismissed the accusations. The Sunday Mirror later printed a retraction and Clarke was made a Knight Bachelor on May 26, 2000, in a ceremony in Colombo

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