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Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008), the science fiction writer and satellite communications visionary. The author of "2001: A Space Odyssey", he was the first person to put forward the idea of communication satellites in geostationary orbit. He had his own satellite receiving dish on the roof of his home in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He is pictured at his home, holding a golf umbrella.
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