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Isaac Asimov was a Russian-born American
author of I, Robot, Nightfall, The Last Question,
The Bicentennial Man, The Ugly Little Boy,
and the Foundation trilogy.
Biographical fast facts
Date and place of birth: January 2, 1920, Petrovichi, Russia
Date, place and cause of death: April 6, 1992,
New York University Hospital, New York City, New York
(Heart and kidney failure/AIDS)
Spouse: Gertrude Blugerman (m. July 26, 1942 - November 16, 1973) (divorced)
Wedding took place in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Spouse: Janet Opal Jeppson (m. November 30, 1973 - April 6, 1992) (his death)
Wedding took place in New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Son: David Asimov (b. August 20, 1951*)
Daughter: Robyn Joan Asimov (b. February 19, 1955*)
Father: Judah Asimov (b. December 21, 1896, Petrovichi, Russia - d. August 4, 1969)
Mother: Anna Rachel (Berman) Asimov (b. 1895 - d. August 5, 1973)
Remains: Cremated and his ashes were scattered
Error corrections or clarifications
* Some sources erroneously report
Asimov's son David was born in "1955" and his
daughter Robyn Joan in "1959." The above birth
information on his children was specifically addressed
by Asimov himself in his autobiographies.
Be aware, Asimov's date of birth was changed
by his mother to "September 7, 1919" in order
to get him into school a year earlier. When
Isaac discovered this, he insisted the official
records be changed back to January 2nd, 1920,
the birthday he personally celebrated throughout
Isaac Asimov was just three years old when his Russian
parents emigrated to the United States, arriving
on February 23rd, 1923, and settling in New York.
At the age of 18, Asimov sold his first story,
Marooned Off Vesta, to the science fiction
magazine Amazing Stories. The prolific
multi-award-winning writer would go on to author
nearly 500 books in every single category of the
Dewey Decimal System, except philosophy. Writing
10 or more books a year was not unusual for
Dr. Asimov, even after his heart attack in 1977,
and triple bypass surgery in 1983. Isaac admitted
to being a compulsive writer, routinely working
from 7:30 a.m. until 10 p.m., seven days a week.
Over the years he produced a broad array of works
covering suspense, poetry, physics, humor, limericks,
science, history, guides to the Bible, Shakespeare,
Gilbert and Sullivan, and even children's books.
Regardless of his varied output, he remained
best-known for his science fiction and was
instrumental in helping to elevate the genre
from sophomoric pulp-magazine fodder, to a more
intellectual level that dealt with genuine
issues of sociology, history, and science.
Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine
(later Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine)
was created in 1977 and went on to great success.
He contributed an editorial to each issue and
answered letters as well, while leaving the
editorial work to others.
He worked as a civilian chemist at the U.S.
Navy Air Experimental Station in Philadelphia
(1942-45), was an instructor (1949-51) at Boston
University School of Medicine, assistant professor
(1951-55), associate professor (1955-79), and
finally, professor of biochemistry, beginning in
1979, despite having left the university in 1958
and only occasionally returning to lecture. He
was also President of the American Humanist
Association (1985-92), and even coined the term
Isaac Asimov contracted AIDS from a transfusion
of tainted blood during his 1983 triple-bypass
operation. This fact was kept secret for many
years until revealed by his widow, and confirmed
by other close family members.
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