Isaac Asimov was called a “genius” …”the nearest thing to a human writing machine”…”a natural wonder.” His writing career spanned more than forty-five years and produced 477 published books of nearly every type of fiction and nonfiction.
Isaac Asimov was born in Petrovichi, Russia in 1920, and emigrated to Brooklyn, New York with his parents in 1923. He was accepted to Columbia University at the age of 15, and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1939, and in 1942 interrupted his doctoral studies to serve as a chemist in the US Navy until 1945. After receiving his Ph.D. in chemistry from Columbia in 1948, Dr. Asimov worked as an instructor of biochemistry at the Boston University School of Medicine and was promoted to associate professor in 1951. And, although he turned to writing full-time in 1958, Dr. Asimov was made full professor in 1979. Happiest working in the seclusion of his two-room office lined with his personal library of more than 2,000 books, Asimov lived in a Manhattan penthouse apartment with his wife, psychiatrist and writer Janet O. Jeppson (with whom he co-authored the popular Norby the Robot books, a science fiction series for young adults). Isaac Asimov died of heart and kidney failure on April 6, 1992.