"If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster."
Isaac Asimov (1920–1992)
Author and Scientist
General Studies 1939, PhD 1948
ScD (hon.) 1983
The author of more than 400 books on a wide variety of subjects, Asimov elevated the science fiction genre by incorporating elements of sociology, history, mathematics, and science into his work. In addition to his classics The Foundation Trilogy - loosely based on Edward Gibbon's History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire - and I, Robot, Asimov wrote mysteries, books on general science, literature, sex, Shakespeare, and the Bible. Asimov wrote 10 or more volumes a year for more than three decades while contributing some 400 columns and articles to Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine. In addition to his fertile imagination, Asimov's prolific output stemmed from his work ethic: every morning he rose at six, sat down at his typewriter by 7:30, and wrote until 10 p.m.