Asimov, Isaac, 1920-1992

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Birth 1920-01-02
Death 1992-04-06
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Biochemist, professor of biochemistry at Boston University Medical School; science and science fiction writer; author of over 400 books.

From the description of Letters, 1950-1970. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122322499

American scientist and writer.

From the description of Letter and postcard, 1987 Nov. 30. (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRC); University of Texas at Austin). WorldCat record id: 122632941

Isaac Asimov (1920 ₆ 1992) was born in Russia. He earned a Ph. D in Chemistry in 1948 from Columbia University. He joined Boston University as associate professor, and was promoted in 1979 to full professor. Asimov has around 500 publications to his name.

Mark B. Peterson served as Curator of Charles C. Gates Planetarium from 1969 ₆ 1982. He was hired as a staff member of the Denver Museum of Natural History (DMNH) in 1968 from the Hansen Planetarium in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1969, Peterson was appointed Assistant Curator of Gates Planetarium; he then became full Curator later that year. Peterson resigned as Planetarium Curator in 1982 to take the Executive Manager position for the DMNH's new IMAX theater. In 1973, under Peterson's leadership, the Gates Planetarium produced the science fiction program titled "The Last Question", based on the story written by Dr. Isaac Asimov. In 1972 & 1973 Peterson's photos of a solar eclipse were published in the Denver Post and Sky & Telescope magazine. Peterson left the museum in 1983 to work for the IMAX Corporation.

From the description of Isaac Asimov correspondence 1972-1986. (Denver Museum of Nature & Science). WorldCat record id: 69257229

Mark B. Peterson served as Curator of Charles C. Gates Planetarium from 1969 ??? 1982. He was hired as a staff member of the Denver Museum of Natural History (DMNH), now the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, in 1968 from the Hansen Planetarium in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1969, Peterson was appointed Assistant Curator of Gates Planetarium; he then became full Curator later that year. Peterson resigned as Planetarium Curator in 1982 to take the Executive Manager position for the DMNH's new IMAX theater. In 1973, under Peterson's leadership, the Gates Planetarium produced the science fiction program titled The Last Question, based on the story written by Dr. Isaac Asimov. In 1972 & 1973 Peterson's photos of a solar eclipse were published in The Denver Post and Sky & Telescope magazine. Peterson left the museum in 1983 to work for the IMAX Corporation.

Isaac Asimov (1920 ??? 1992) was born in Russia. He earned a Ph.D in Chemistry in 1948 from Columbia University. He joined Boston University as associate professor, and was promoted in 1979 to full professor. Asimov has around 500 publications to his name.

From the guide to the Correspondence, 1972-1986, (Denver Museum of Nature & Science)

Isaac Asimov was born in Petrovichi, Russia in 1920, emigrated to the United States with his family in 1923, and resided in New York for the remainder of his life. He attended Columbia University, attaining a B. S. in Chemistry in 1939, followed by an M. A. and a Ph. D. While in college, he published his first profession story, Marooned of Vesta, in Amazing Stories in 1939. Asimov served in World War II, and returned to teach in the Boston University School of Medicine.

Asimov attained his greatest success with his Foundation series, published in book form as Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation . This future history of a galactic empire was avidly followed by science fiction fans as it was published, and continues to be popular within the science fiction community today. His robot stories were equally popular, and introduced his Three Laws of Robotics, an ethical and moral code to be followed by robots. His fiction was well-crafted and featured both technological realty and believable technological advancement. In addition to positing near-sentient robots, Asimov dealt with the social issues of robotics, and the implications of intelligent machines.

Perhaps as important as his fiction, Asimov was a prolific popularizer of science, writing many nonfiction pieces for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and other sources. He had the gift of both simplifying complex scientific concepts and presenting them in an interesting and accessible way, so the general reader could comprehend and enjoy contemporary science topics. In his day, he was one of the more successful popularizers of science.

Asimov authored over 500 fiction and nonfiction books, many short stories, and extensive science articles.

From the guide to the Inventory of the Isaac Asimov Collection: SCI-FI MSS 00175 ., 1957-1992., (Cushing Memorial Library)

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