|  Share | Cite

Isaac Asimov

Chemist / Writer

Born: 2 January 1920
Died: 6 April 1992 (AIDS )
Birthplace: Petrovichi, U.S.S.R.
Best known as: Writer of popular science and author of I, Robot

Isaac Asimov was born in the former Soviet Union, but grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He taught biochemistry at Boston University until he retired in 1958 to become a full-time writer. Asimov had been publishing short stories since the late 1930s, and in 1952 published his first novel. The author of the classic I, Robot series and The Foundation Trilogy, Asimov wrote more than 400 books and won every major science fiction award. He also wrote popular books and essays on science and technology, earning him the nickname "The Great Explainer."

Extra credit:

According to the Isaac Asimov FAQ, the author died of “heart and kidney failure, which were complications of the HIV infection he contracted from a transfusion of tainted blood during his December 1983 triple-bypass operation.” HIV was not revealed as the cause of his death until 2002, when his widow Janet published the memoir It’s Been a Good Life.

Copyright © 1998-2015 by Who2?, LLC. All rights reserved.

More on Isaac Asimov from Infoplease:

  • Asimov: meaning and definitions - Asimov: Definition and Pronunciation
  • Isaac Asimov - Asimov, Isaac Asimov, Isaac , 1920–92, American author and scientist, b. Petrovichi, USSR, ...
  • Isaac Asimov - Biography of Isaac Asimov, Writer of popular science and author of I, Robot
  • January 2 Birthdays: Isaac Asimov - January 2 birthdays: Isaac Asimov, Rudolf Clausius, Ernst Barlach, Michael Tippett, Taye Diggs, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Dennis Hastert, James Wolfe, Henry Flagler, Saint Theresa
  • Judith Merril - Judith Merril writer, editor With a literary approach to science fiction, Merril was influential in ...