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Isaac Asimov

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Born

Isaak Azimov c.  January 2, 1920Petrovichi, Klimovichskiy Uyezd, Russian SFSR

Died

April 6, 1992 Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.

Occupation

Writer, professor of biochemistry

Nationality

Russian, American

Education

  • Bachelor of Science, 1939
  • Master of Arts, 1941
  • Doctor of Philosophy, 1948

Alma mater

Columbia University

Genre

Science fiction, mystery

Subject

Popular science, science textbooks, essays, literary criticism

Literary movement

Golden Age of Science Fiction

Years active

1939–1992

Spouse

  • Gertrude Blugerman ( m.  1942; div.  1973)
  • Janet Opal Jeppson ( m.  1973)

Children

2

Signature

Scientific career

Fields

Biochemistry

Institutions

Boston University

Thesis

The kinetics of the reaction inactivation of tyrosinase during its catalysis of the aerobic oxidation of catechol  

Doctoral advisor

Charles Reginald Dawson

Other academic advisors

Robert Elderfield

Isaac Asimov was an American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University. He was known for his works of science fiction and popular science. Asimov was a prolific writer who wrote or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. His books have been published in 9 of the 10 major categories of the Dewey Decimal Classification.

Asimov wrote hard science fiction. Along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, Asimov was considered one of the "Big Three" science fiction writers during his lifetime. Asimov's most famous work is the "Foundation" series; his other major series are the "Galactic Empire" series and the Robot series. The Galactic Empire novels are set in earlier history of the same fictional universe as the Foundation series. Later, with Foundation and Earth , he linked this distant future to the Robot stories, creating a unified "future history" for his stories much like those pioneered by Robert A. Heinlein and previously produced by Cordwainer Smith and Poul Anderson. He also wrote hundreds of short stories, including the social science fiction novelette "Nightfall", which in 1964 was voted the best short science fiction story of all time by the Science Fiction Writers of America. Asimov wrote the Lucky Starr series of juvenile science-fiction novels using the pen name Paul French.

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Dalton's records, carefully preserved for a century, were destroyed during the World War II bombing of Manchester. It is not only the living who are killed in war. - Isaac Asimov

Dalton's records, carefully preserved for a century, were destroyed during the World War II bombing of Manchester. It is not only the living who are killed in war.

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It is not only the living who are killed in war. - Isaac Asimov

It is not only the living who are killed in war.

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Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. - Isaac Asimov

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

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It takes more than capital to swing business. You've got to have the A. I. D. degree to get by - Advertising, Initiative, and Dynamics. - Isaac Asimov

It takes more than capital to swing business. You've got to have the A. I. D. degree to get by - Advertising, Initiative, and Dynamics.

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It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be. - Isaac Asimov

It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.

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I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them. - Isaac Asimov

I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.

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Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest. - Isaac Asimov

Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest.

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computers
Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome. - Isaac Asimov

Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.

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Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is. - Isaac Asimov

Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.

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People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do. - Isaac Asimov

People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.

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The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...' - Isaac Asimov

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'

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Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition. - Isaac Asimov

Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition.

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To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today. - Isaac Asimov

To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today.

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And above all things, never think that you're not good enough yourself. A man should never think that. My belief is that in life people will take you at your own reckoning. - Isaac Asimov

And above all things, never think that you're not good enough yourself. A man should never think that. My belief is that in life people will take you at your own reckoning.

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A subtle thought that is in error may yet give rise to fruitful inquiry that can establish truths of great value. - Isaac Asimov

A subtle thought that is in error may yet give rise to fruitful inquiry that can establish truths of great value.

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If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them. - Isaac Asimov

If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.

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