Arthur C Clarke aged about 18 years, c 1936.
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Arthur C Clarke aged about 18 years, c 1936. Here, Arthur Charles Clarke (b 1917) is using a telescope with a Mecanno tripod, which he made himself and used throughout his teenage years. He is sitting on the ground at Ballifants, the Clarke family's farm at Bishops Lydeard, Somerset, where he grew up. Clarke was to become a leading science fiction writer, following a period of work in scientific research. Photograph by Val Cleaver.