Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov was born on January 2, 1920 in Petrouchi, Russia. His parents were

Judah and Anna Asimov. Isaac also has a sister Veronica and a brother Stanley.

In 1923 his family immigrated to the United States. He and his family grew up in

Brooklyn, New York. In Brooklyn his family ran a small candy and magazine store.

This is one of the places where Asimov began to learn about printing. Also it
was here that Asimov learned good business and self-discipline skills (Bloom,

251). Asimov attended school and was a very bright student. He went to college
at Columbia University. He graduated from there with his masterís degree in

Chemistry in 1941. His career was cut short though because in 1942 he moved to

Philadelphia Naval Yard to work for the war. In 1945 he entered the army. In

July of 1946 he was discharged from the army and he moved around for a few years
till settling in West Newton, Massachusetts with Gertrude. It is there that he
raised his family (Seiler,8). Asimov married Gertrude Blugerman on July 26th,

1942. They met on a blind date on Valentineís Day. In 1955 their first son was
born they named him David. Four years later their daughter Robyn Joan was born.

Asimov met another woman Janet Jepson at a mystery writers banquet. The two of
them were immediately attracted to one another. In 1970 when Gertrude and Asimov
separated he moved in with Janet. His divorce to Gertrude was officialized on

November 16th, 1973. On November 30th, 1973 an official of the Ethical Culture

Society married Asimov and Janet in her home. They did not have any children
(7). Asimov worked for many years of his life before become just a writer. His
first job was in 1929. When Asimovís mother became ill and could no longer
work at the family business. This is where Asimov first learned his skills he
would carry for the rest of his life. He was a hardworking diligent man. After
the war and everything Asimov became an instructor at the Boston University of
medicine. He was promoted to assistant professor in December of 1951. On July

1st, 1958 he gave up his teaching job and became a writer. Finally in 1979 he
was promoted to professor (9). Being a very diligent writer Asimov wrote more
than eight hours a day, seven days a week. Although he was also preoccupied with
writing he made time to get out and do things. In 1971 he joined the Dutch Treat

Club. They were a group who met every Tuesday at a hotel for lunch. Another
group, which Asimov was a part of, was the Baker Street Irregulars. This was a
group of Sherlock Holmes fans. And although Asimov admitted to not liking Holmes
that much he did love to make toasts and speeches at banquets. One of his
favorite things to do was sing and he belonged to 2 other groups the Gilbert and

Sullivan Society. There were two additional societies, which Asimov belonged to
that influenced some of his stories (10). At the young age of eleven years old

Asimov began writing. With his first attempt at writing he began The Greenville

Chums at College. This was a story based on the lives of 3 young boys living in
a small town. At first Asimov gave up writing, for he did not think he knew what
he was doing. However, his whole attitude changed when at school one day he told
the story he had written. His friend was impressed with it and wanted to borrow
the book when Asimov finished it. This gave Asimov the confidence he needed to
begin a writing career that would last a lifetime. Asimovís first published
writing was in his high schoolís newspaper column. He wrote a humorous story
called "Little Brothers."(12) Asimovís first published story was in 1939
it was entitled "Marooned Off Vesta". This story was featured in the
magazine Astounding Science Fiction. The astounding publisher of this magazine
was John W. Campbell Jr. He and Asimov had a close relationship and it was this
that gave Asimov his beginning of a prosperous career. Asimov wrote mainly
science fiction stories about robots. His themes of his stories were mainly
based around his ideas that robots were rational programmable beings and
friendly towards humans (Bloom, 251). Asimovís stories are mainly based around
science fiction. He was a very intelligent man and this showed through in his
stories. They were very technologically advanced. Asimov was fascinated with
robots. He wrote mainly of their adventures.