Asimov, Isaac ăz´əmŏf [key]
, 1920–92, American author and scientist, b. Petrovichi, USSR, grad. Columbia (B.S., 1939; M.A., 1941; Ph.D., 1948). An astonishingly prolific author, he wrote over 400 books. He first became prominent as a writer of such science fiction as I, Robot
(1950, repr. 1970), The Caves of Steel
(1954), and his most famous novel, The Foundation Trilogy
(1951–53), which chronicled the fall of the Galactic Empire. The trilogy was later supplemented by novel prequels and sequels published in the 1980s and 90s including the sequel Foundation's Edge
(1982). He was also a great popularizer of science. His works in this field include The Intelligent Man's Guide to Science
(2 vol., rev. ed. 1965), The Stars in Their Courses
(1971), and Did Comets Kill the Dinosaurs?
(1987). In his later years he wrote on a diverse number of subjects, including guides to the Bible (1968–69) and Shakespeare (1970).
See his memoirs In Memory Yet Green (1979) and In Joy Still Felt (1981); study by J. Fiedler and J. Mele (1982).
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