Wednesday, March 19, 2008

R.I.P Sir Arthur

Sir Arthur published a paper in the 1940's in which he predicted that, at 22,000 miles above the Earth's surface, communications satellites would sit in geo-stationary orbit, allowing electronic signals to be bounced off them around the globe.

His vision, soon proved, revolutionised the communications and broadcasting industry. (via BBC)

(Did you notice his T-shirt? He definitely had a great sense of humor!)

A great man indeed!

I remember coming across his name in my Lonely Planet (Sri Lanka):

Around Tissamaharama, Kirinda was used as a land base by Sir Arthur C Clarke's party when diving for the Great Basses wreck

A passionate scuba-diver, he set up the Arthur C. Clarke Diving School at Hikkaduwa.

If you haven't checked out The Arthur C Clarke Foundation already, please do.

Take a look at the pics below:

This book was one among the many from his collection that were donated to the British Council's Library in Colombo.

( Katty was the lucky one to borrow this particular book. I still remember her screaming:"Shek! Come and take a look at this. It's really coooool!" )

I'd wanted to post these on Sir Arthur's last birthday and I completely blew it. It's a pity I have to post 'em when he is no more.

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