Who is Isaac Asimov?June 25, 2021
Isaac Asimov (January 2, 1920 – April 6, 1992) was a Russian-American writer and biochemist. Although he has works on many subjects, he is known for his science fiction works and popular science books. He has written in Fantasy as well as numerous non-fiction works. He has works in all major branches except Philosophy in the Dewey Decimal Classification system. Asimov is a master of science fiction by consensus, and was considered one of the “Big Three” science fiction writers during his lifetime with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke.
The exact date of birth of Asimov, whose exact date of birth is unknown, is officially recorded as January 2, 1920. Born to a Jewish family in a town near Smolensk in Russia, Asimov immigrated to the United States with his family when he was three years old. He grew up in New York City. He started writing sci-fi stories before the age of 20.
He graduated from Columbia University in 1939 and received his PhD in chemistry from the same university. He later transferred to Boston University. He became a professor here in 1979.
He married Gertrude Blugerman on July 26, 1942. He had two children from this marriage. Divorcing his first wife in 1973, Asimov married Janet Jeppson the same year.
He got AIDS due to the infected blood given to him during the blood transfusion in the by-pass surgery in 1983 and died on 6 April 1992 of this disease. The fact that he died of AIDS was made public ten years after his death.
Beginning his writing career with science fiction, Asimov has also published popular science books and poetry books.
The short sci-fi short story Nightfall, published in 1941, became one of the most famous sci-fi stories. This story was named the best science fiction short story ever written by the American Science Fiction Writers organization in 1968.
Asimov also gained great fame with his books on the Foundation (Eng: Foundation) and Robot series.