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Clarke(klärk), Sir Arthur Charles 1917-2008.
British writer, scientist, and underwater explorer noted for his stories of space exploration. His works include 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
Clarke, Kenneth Spearman Known as "Kenny." 1914-1985.
American jazz drummer who was a leading contributor to bop. He originated the now standard practice of maintaining a fixed pulse on a cymbal rather than the bass drum.
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1. (Biography) Sir Arthur C(harles). 1917–2008, British science-fiction writer, who helped to develop the first communications satellites. He scripted the film 2001, A Space Odyssey (1968)
2. (Biography) Austin. 1896–1974, Irish poet and verse dramatist. His volumes include The Vengeance of Fionn (1917), Night and Morning (1938), and Ancient Lights (1955)
3. (Biography) Jeremiah. ?1673-1707, English composer and organist, best known for his Trumpet Voluntary, formerly attributed to Purcell
4. (Biography) Kenneth Harry. born 1940, British Conservative politician: secretary of state for health (1988-1990); secretary of state for education (1990-1992); home secretary (1992-93); chancellor of the exchequer (1993-97); secretary of state for justice and Lord Chancellor (2010–2012)
5. (Biography) Marcus (Andrew Hislop). 1846–81, Australian novelist born in England, noted for his novel For the Term of His Natural Life, published in serial form (1870–72); other works include Twixt Shadow and Shine (1875)
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