Arthur Charles Clarke was born in 1917 in Minehead England. His family were farmers. As he grew up his imagination was fueled by reading magazines such as Astounding Stories. He became an avid star gazer at a young age using a home made telescope.
Arthur’s father died suddenly when he was young. The resulting financial hardship meant that Arthur was forced to leave school and seek work after completing his secondary education. In 1936 he moved to London and worked for the board of education before joining the RAF as a radar specialist in 1941.
When the war ended he was finally able to further his education completing a degree in mathematics and physics from King’s College London.