Arthur C Clarke in his study, aged about 18, c 1936.
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Arthur C Clarke in his study, aged about 18 years, c 1936. Arthur Charles Clarke (b 1917) was to become a leading science fiction writer, following a period of work in scientific research. Here, he is using a wireles crystal set for one of his early experiments in communications. He was taught how to build these by his uncle, a communications engineer, and the components could be bought for a shilling. Arthur is surrounded by experimental equipment. The shelves behind him are lined with scientific books and science fiction periodicals.