On this day in 1917 - December 16th - British author, futurist, inventor and explorer Arthur C. Clarke was born.

Clarke wrote more than 100 books, and he inspired scientists and space explorers. In honor of his work, the International Astronomical Union named the distance of 36000 km above Earth the Clarke Orbit, and in 2018 they named a mountain on Pluto's moon Charon for him.