The Foundation was created to recognize and promote the extraordinary contributions of Arthur C. Clarke to the world, and to promote the use of space and telecommunications technology for the benefit of humankind.
The Foundation is dedicated to building on Sir Arthur Clarke’s multidisciplinary and inspiring legacy. The Foundation draws its inspiration and activities from Sir Arthur’s wide range of visionary, creative and constructive imagination. At one extreme is Clarke the physicist who, at age 28, envisioned a future where geosynchronous platforms—extra-terrestrial relays—could be used for global communication.
At the other, is Clarke as a visionary humanist and one of the most inspiring and entertaining science fiction writers of all time. His relentless and profound faith in humanity’s ability to meet the challenges of sustaining our planet and at the same time inspiring us to elevate our imaginations and horizons to the unknown.
Arthur C. Clarke was known not only for his science fiction novels such as Childhood’s End, Rendezvous with Rama, and 2001: A Space Odyssey, but also for his scientific publications on space, energy, and the oceans. He is perhaps most famous for envisioning a global network of geosynchronous telecommunications satellites in 1945, developing low altitude radar, conceptualizing the “space elevator” (an elevator from Earth’s surface to orbit), and ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC).
The work of the Foundation is to continue and recognize the seminal works and ideas of one of the leading thinkers and more extensive writers of science fiction and science fact of the 20th century.
The 2013 Arthur C. Clarke Awards will be held on October 22, 2013, at Intelsat Headquarters, located at 3400 International Drive N.W. In Washington. The awards are:
Seating for this event is limited, so please RSVP prior to October 18th if you would like to attend. The Awards Ceremony starts at 6:00 p.m. and light beverages will be served—business attire is requested. The Awards Ceremony itself will begin at 6:30 p.m., with a cocktail reception at 8:00 p.m.