Isaac Asimov – The bicentennial man
Isaac Asimov (American, 1920-1992)
Isaac Asimov was an American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, he is best knownfor his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.
Asimov was born sometime between October 4, 1919 and January 2, 1920 in Russia, but due to politic problems his parents decided tomove to USA when he was three years old, there they settled in Brooklyn where they owned and operated a candy store. He taught himself to read at the age of five, and got an interest on sciencefiction when the magazine “science wonder stories” appeared on the scene, since it was the first science fiction magazine sold at his parent’s candy store that he was allowed to read.
Asimov attended NewYork City Public Schools, including Boys High School, in Brooklyn, New York. From there he went on to Seth Low Junior College for two years, then to Columbia University for the remainder of hismaster's degree, from which he graduated in 1939, eventually returning to earn a Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1948.
His writing career started very early, he began writing short stories at the age of 19primarily science fiction, then he went on to writing science fiction novels at the age of 30, and also started writing nonfiction at about the same time.
Asimov was one of the most prolific writers of alltime, with about 500 books and an estimated of 9,000 letters and postcards. As a cultural fact, his works have been published in nine of the ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System whichinclude: 000 – Computer science, information and general works, 200 – Religion, 300 – Social sciences, 400 – Language, 500 – Science (including mathematics), 600 – Technology and applied Science, 700 –Arts and recreation, 800 – Literature, 900 – History, geography, and biography; with the sole exception being the 100’s – Philosophy and psychology.
According to his autobiography, Asimov believed...