Early life: the young prodigy
Science fiction great Isaac Asimov was born to Jewish parents to Petroivichi, Russia, in 1920. Political conditions there led the Asimov family to migrate to the United States when he was three years old. If you could find the perfect “nerd” or “bookworm”, Asimov was both. Early in his life, Asimov loved reading books and particularly science fiction magazines, despite his father’s initial refusal to let him read such “trash”. The young prodigy started to write his own stories, and as he grew older he sold many of his works to science fiction publications.
Pursuing a literary career after graduating from university
Asimov received a bachelor of science degree, master’s degree in chemistry and PhD in biochemistry all from the Columbia University. Afterwards he was admitted to the faculty of Boston University’s School of Medicine. During that time Asimov had already been also a writer, and so the university promoted him to full professor based on his writings.
In his writing career, Asimov has written many serialised novels and short stories. One of his well-known series is the Robot collection of stories that center around the positronic robots. These fictional robots were governed by Three Laws Of Robotics, where robots should follow the orders given to them by humans and are not expected to turn against them. He also wrote other “series” and trilogy works such as the Galactic Empire Series, and the Foundation series that comprise of trilogies and extended stories.
In addition to his fictional works, Asimov also authored numerous non-fiction science books made specifically for the average reader. These include “The Chemicals Of Life”, “Inside The Atom”, “The World Of Nitrogen”, “Life and Energy”, “The Human Brain”, “The Neutrino”, “Science, Numbers and I”, “Our World In Space” and “Views Of The Universe”.
Asimov’s awards; his death and legacy to the sci-fi literature
Asimov’s works received numerous accolades including awards from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, numerous Hugo, Locus and Nebula awards. There are posthumous recognitions as well, and even an asteroid and a Martian crater were named in his honor.
He was married twice. Asimov’s second wife, Janet who was also a psychoanalyst and writer, helped him author the Norby Chronicles, another series of stories.
In 1992, Asimov died due to heart and kidney failure. Ten years later, his wife Janet revealed that he died of such complications from an HIV infection, contracted through a blood transfusion when he underwent bypass surgery.
Along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov is considered one of the masters of hard science fiction. He also had written 500 books on top of about 90,000 various other publications covering mystery, fantasy and also non-fiction science books aimed for the laymen. No wonder he’s also considered one of the most prolific writers ever.
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Isaac Asimov was an American professor of biochemistry and a renowned author of science fiction and popular science books. Read this biography to know more about his life.