Did you know that Isaac Asimov was born today in 1920? He was a very famous author and wrote books, short stories, magazine articles, and more. Asimov wrote nonfiction works about scientific concepts, chemistry, biology, astronomy, math, history, and William Shakespeare’s writing. He is best known for his fiction stories, especially his science fiction, but he also wrote mysteries and fantasy stories. Some of his most famous works are the Foundation series and the I, Robot series. During his life he wrote more than 500 books and 90,000 letters and postcards!
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Some say that January 2nd was not the day that Isaac Asimov was born. He was born in Russia, in a place and time where the records were not very accurate. It is possible that he was born sometime in October and January, but there are no supporting records and none of his family knew the exact date. Isaac Asimov picked January 2nd as his birthday.
Isaac Asimov was a capable and sociable public speaker. He made frequent appearances at science fiction conventions and gave science-themed talks on cruise ships. He was patient with answering questions and happy to give autographs.
Some of Isaac Asimov’s interests included Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas and the Baker Street Irregulars, a Sherlock Holmes society.
Isaac Asimov has published works in 9 of the 10 major Dewey Decimal System categories.
Isaac Asimov created the phrases ‘robotics’, ‘spome’, and ‘psychohistory’.
Isaac Asimov was also a professor of biochemistry at Boston University.
During World War II, Isaac Asimov served as a civilian at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Naval Air Experimental Station. He was drafted into the army, but his deployment was delayed by a bureaucratic error.
Despite writing stories about space flight, Isaac Asimov hated flying. He only flew twice in his life.
They have been adapted for television and movies; and many references to his ideas and works are found in popular culture.
An asteroid, crater on Mars, and literary award are named in Isaac Asimov’s honor.