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Birthday of Isaac Asimov, 1920

On This Day in Jewish History: January 2nd, 1920


Isaac Asimov, a U.S. biochemist and author of over 500 books primarily in the world of literary science fiction is born in Petrovichi, Russia.


Isaac Asimov immigrated to the United States when he was three-years-old, and was raised in Brooklyn, New York. During his childhood, his father and mother observed the Orthodox Jewish tradition, but did not force this belief upon Asimov, and so he grew up as a humanist and a rationalist, without strong religious influences. At the age of eleven, Asimov began to write his own science fiction stories and, within a few years, he was selling many of them to pulp magazines.


Asimov graduated from Columbia University in 1939 and earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry there in 1948. In 1955, Asimov joined the faculty of Boston University, with which he remained associated thereafter. In 1979, the university honored his writing by promoting him to full professor. Asimov is best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. His most famous work is the Foundation Series. In 1986, Asimov received the Science Fiction Writers of America Grand Master award. He also received a total of six Hugo awards, science fiction's most prestigious literary prize, for his novels The Mule, The Gods Themselves, and Foundation's Edge, as well as for his novelettes The Bicentennial Man and Gold and for his memoirs I. Asimov: A Memoir. He received Nebula awards for The Gods Themselves and The Bicentennial Man.


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