Washington, D.C. – The Arthur C. Clarke Foundation, based in Washington, D.C., today honored the 2015 winners of the Arthur C. Clarke Awards. Three annual awards were presented.
In the category of Innovator, the Foundation selected Greg Wyler, founder of OneWeb and O3b, for pioneering new approaches to satellite communications. In 2012, Wyler founded OneWeb with the mission of enabling Internet access for everyone. Initial satellites in the low-earth orbiting constellation envisioned by Wyler are slated for launch beginning in 2018. In 2007, Wyler founded O3b Networks, Ltd. O3b raised approximately $1.3 billion to design and build a satellite constellation to provide fiber quality backhaul for telecom operators in the most remote markets around the world. Today, O3b has launched 12 satellites. The system provides the highest capacity and lowest latency combination of any satellites built to date. Wyler’s innovative work continues with OneWeb.
For Imagination in Service to Society, the Foundation honored Margaret Atwood, Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, and environmental activist. Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction, but is best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman (1969), The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), The Robber Bride (1994), Alias Grace (1996), and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 2000. In September her most recent novel, The Heart Goes Last, was published. Her latest book of short stories is called Stone Mattress: Nine Tales (2014). Her 2013 novel, MaddAddam, is the final volume in a three-book series that began with the Man-Booker prize-nominated Oryx and Crake (2003) and continued with The Year of the Flood (2009). The Tent (mini-fictions) and Moral Disorder (short fiction) both appeared in 2006. Her most recent volume of poetry, The Door, was published in 2007. In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination, a collection of non-fiction essays appeared in 2011. Her non-fiction book, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth was adapted for the screen in 2012. Ms. Atwood’s work has been published in more than forty languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian.
For Lifetime Achievement, the Foundation recognized Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works, site of famed technological achievements and breakthroughs including pivotal aerospace milestones, for decades of imaginative technology and energy engineering. The Foundation selected Skunk Works for their recent breakthroughs in the development of nuclear fusion as a reliable source of energy. For more than 70 years, the Skunk Works has existed to create revolutionary aircraft and technologies that push the boundaries of what is possible. Among its iconic designs are the XP-80 Shooting Star, the U-2 high altitude reconnaissance aircraft, and the SR-71 Blackbird.
The “Arthur C. Clarke Lifetime Achievement Award” recognizes “an individual, a group or an entity that exemplifies the values and accomplishments of Sir Arthur’s life. The award honors substantial and enduring contributions that relate the sciences and arts in meeting the challenges of contemporary life and the needs of tomorrow.” Continue Reading →