Plate, 4th International Astronautical Congress, Zurich 1953

Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

Born in 1917, Arthur C. Clarke stands as one of the pre-eminent authors of science fiction in the 20th century. He had equal stature as a popularizer of the new postwar field of space exploration. Clarke achieved renown, too, as the originator of the idea of geostationary orbits, a concept fundamental to the development of communications satellites.

Coming into his professional prime after World War II, Clarke’s work found multinational appeal as advances in science and technology became central to the Cold War and to an expanding consumer society. He is perhaps most well known for his collaboration with director Stanley Kubrick on the 1968 film classic "2001: A Space Odyssey."

Clarke was an active supporter of organizations like the International Astronautical Congress (IAC), which sought to stimulate public interest in spaceflight in the years after World War II. This plate is an indicator of Clarke's support.

The Museum acquired Clarke’s personal papers and select memorabilia in 2014.