Douglas Adams

(11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001)

Douglas Adams

Douglas Adams

Douglas Adams was a well known writer and environmental activist.  He considered himself Richard Dawkins’ first convert and subsequently was a well known atheist.

Adams was born in Cambridge in 1952, where he would also attend University, graduating with a BA in English Literature in 1974 from St. John’s College.

Possibly Adams most famous work was The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a triology in five parts.  One of the most iconic numbers in science fiction, 42, was the invention of Adams in this series. He continued to write other novels including the Dirk Gently Detective Series as well as for Television with episodes for Dr. Who such as “City of Death” and with Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Spectacularly known for missing deadlines, his most famous quote was:  “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”

Adams was also an ardent animal activist and environmentalist and was involved with the BBC radio production: Last Chance to See with Mark Carwardine in 1990.  In 2009 his friend Stephen Fry retraced Adams’ journey with a TV BBC production of Last Chance to See, also with Mark Carwardine.

Adams died of a heart attack in Santa Barbara in 2001.  His memorial service was the first to be broadcast over the web by the BBC.  He was cremated and his ashes interred at Highgate Cemetery.

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