Born: January 2, 1920 in Petrovichi, Russia, Soviet Union
Died: April 6, 1992 in New York, New York
Isaac Asimov, author of acclaimed classics including "I, Robot" and the "Foundation" series, has been one of the most influential Science Fiction authors of the 20th Century. He is attributed with introducing the words "positronic", "psychohistory", and "robotics" into the English language, and has influenced and inspired a generation of filmmakers, authors, and readers.
Asimov is also responsible for the innovative concept of "The Three Laws of Robotics", for he which is probably most famous. They are:
A robot may not injure a human being, or through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
Asimov, author of over 450 literary publications, is further distinguished by having covered the largest range of writing subjects. During his creative lifetime, he managed to have at least one book included in each of the Dewey Decimal System's 10 major library classifications.