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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 first mooted the idea of communication satellites in geostationary orbit, and possessed his own satellite dish on the roof of his home in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where he is photographed here.
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