Sir Arthur Charles Clarke was a British science fiction writer, science writer and futurist, inventor, undersea explorer and television series host.
He co-wrote the screenplay for the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, one of the most influential films of all time.
Clarke's science and science fiction writings earned him the moniker "Prophet of the Space Age". His science fiction writings in particular earned him a number of Hugo and Nebula awards, which along with a large readership made him one of the towering figures of the genre.
For many years Clarke, Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov were known as the "Big Three" of science fiction.