Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Sir Arthur C. Clarke : A Great Man in Our Age, has passed away


When I was a child, I was fascinated by the beauty of the sky. Sky was a real mystery which hide beautiful secrets to me. Moon, sun, stars, comets, meteors, these were really great things that attracted me and saw me a path to a hidden world full of secrets, mysteries. There was one person who helped me to go beyond my imagination about space and its secrets. I began to love sky, astronomy, and was curious to find its secrets because of that great man. He was a great philosopher, a great scientist, and a great author. He had his imagination beyond many of men in his generation (many sci-fi writers has this ability). I can describe him as a great man of our age. Many technologies that changed the world were his brain children. Famous example for his ideas that used successfully in these days is concept of geostationary satellites use for telecommunications relays. Now you know who I am talking about. Your guess is right. I'm talking about Sir Arthur C. Clarke, a great man of our age.

Once I have read somewhere that science fiction is a super weapon invented by future scientist and it was invented for speed up the development of technology of mankind in order to prepare for future alien attack. (It was also a science fiction :)). Although that was another science fiction, concept of that science fiction is right. Actually science fictions written by those great sci-fi writers like Sir Arthur C. Clarke were and are really helping for the progress for science and technology. Science fictions helps science and technology to get close to common peoples without knowing much theory and complex concepts. So science fictions are really a kind of great inventions made by man. If you have read, you know that Science fictions written by Sir Arthur C. Clerk are really great. Those sci-fi novels written by Sir Arthur C. Clerk are not some fancy thinking of a day dreamer. Those novels are written on scientific facts and incidents that can happen in the future. In his every novel there is something new interesting story in there. When I were at grade 8 and 9, my pals were very addicted in reading his sci-fi novels, especially series of Space Odyssey, from "2001 A Space Odyssey" to "3001 The Final Odyssey".

I was very proud because he is a citizen of my country, Sri Lanka. He was the vice chancellor of my university, University of Moratuwa until 2004, but unfortunately he retired before I enrolled my BSc (Eng.) course in there. He was a great scientist who help the world to travel through time to few years ahead of its development. He was a great thinker who changed the world by his concepts. He was a great sci-fi writer who helped to taking science and it's concepts to common people. He is a great man. I proud to say I was living in the age of Sir Arthur C. Clarke.

What I heard first in today morning, was a very sad news. That's why I wrote this post about one of great man of our age, Sir Arthur C. Clarke. Today, that great man, Sir Arthur C. Clarke has passed away. My heart shocked by that news. I know, not only my heart. Hearts of thousands of people who know the worth of this great man, were shocked by this sad news. I think he should not die, He should live more years to see how his imaginations comes true. I wish the highest and noblest wish of my religion. May Sir Arthur C. Clarke attain nibbana.


These are some of books by Sir Arthur C. Clarke I have read

  • 2001 A Space Odyssey
  • 2010 Odyssey Two
  • 2061 Odyssey Three
  • 3001 The Final Odyssey
  • A Fall of Moon dust
  • Childhood's End
  • Cradle
  • Reach for Tomorrow
  • Rendezvous With Rama
  • Dolphin Island
  • The Fountains of Paradise
If you want to learn more about him go to
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_C._Clarke

http://www.clarkefoundation.org/acc/biography.php


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1 comment:

Dinesh Hewapathirana said...

Hi I am Dinesh from Faculty of IT in University of Moratuwa.
I agree with u. He is a great person.
May him attain nibbana.
http://sinhalabuddhist.blogspot.com/