Isaac Asimov (1920–1992)
American biochemist, science writer, and novelist. Born in Russia, Asimov was educated in the United States and received a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Columbia University. In 1949 he became a member of the faculty at the School of Medicine, Boston University, where he taught biochemistry. An extraordinarily prolific author, Asimov wrote or edited more than 500 books on topics as diverse as mathematics, astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology, geography, mythology, and Shakespeare; his science fiction works include some of the most famous and influential in that genre, particularly the short story collection I, Robot (1950) and the Foundation Trilogy of novels (1951, 1952, 1953). Among his many works of nonfiction are The Intelligent Man’s Guide to Science (1965), Lecherous Limericks (1976), The Road to Infinity (1979), the memoir In Joy Still Felt (1980), and Asimov’s Guide to the Bible, Volumes I and II (1981). See also asimovonline.com.