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Sunday, 4 September 2011

Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov was born in Russia to a Jewish family on January 2, 1920. He was taken to the United States when he was three, and learnt English and Yiddish as his native languages.

He wrote or edited more than 500 books during his lifetime.

Asimov has the honor of being the only person who has authored a book in each of the Dewey Decimal System classifications.

He is best known for his science fiction novels, which have influenced sci-fi on television and movie.

Isaac Asimov’s story Runaround, in which he set out the three Laws of Robotics, is set in 2015.

He was also a biochemist with a PhD from Columbia University.

Asimov was a claustrophile, meaning that he had an abnormal desire to be in small, confined spaces. .

He generally preferred to write in small, windowless rooms.

Asimov hated flying so much that he let it limit the places to which he'd travel, preferring to see the world by car or cruise ship.

His skin was so sensitive to the sun that even ten minutes out in the open would cause it to burn.

Although ethnically a Jew, Asimov was an atheist and a humanist. He was extremely proud of his role as the honorary president of the American Humanist Association.

Rowena Morrill's portrait of Asimov enthroned with symbols of his life's work

When Isaac Asimov had heart surgery in 1983, he received blood infected with HIV. He died nine years later in New York City on April 6, 1992 from heart and kidney failure due to complications from HIV.


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