LITTLE FERRY, NJ.., October 6, 1995 -- Science fiction giant Arthur C. Clarke has joined the advisory board of The SETI League, Inc., a non-profit organization engaged in a radio Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence. The author of over 80 books and 500 articles and short stories, as well as the critically acclaimed film "2001: A Space Odyssey," Clarke is also a highly respected communications engineer, widely acknowledged as the father of satellite communications. Clarke joins some of the world's top radioastronomers in privatizing research which was once run by NASA.
Dr. Clarke, 77, lives in Sri Lanka, and will use communications satellites to support his SETI activities. "We have reached the stage," he writes, "where virtually anything we want to do in the field of communications is possible. The constraints are no longer technical, but economic, legal or political." League executive director Dr. H. Paul Shuch points out that it was just such constraints which led Congress to terminate all of NASA's SETI funding (5 cents per American per year) in late 1993.
SETI scientists seek to determine through microwave and optical measurements whether humankind is alone in the universe. Since Congress terminated NASA's SETI funding in 1993, The SETI League and other scientific groups have been attempting to privatize the research. Experimenters interested in participating in the search for intelligent alien life, or citizens wishing to help support it, should email to join_at_setileague_dot_org, check the SETI League Web site at http://www.setileague.org/, send a fax to +1 (201) 641-1771, or contact The SETI League, Inc. membership hotline at +1 (800) TAU-SETI. Be sure to provide us with a postal address to which we will mail further information. The SETI League, Inc. is a membership-supported, non-profit [501(c)(3)], educational and scientific corporation dedicated to the electromagnetic Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.
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