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Ronald William Clark (2 November 1916-1987) was a British author of biography, fiction and non-fiction.

Born in London, Clark was educated King's College School. In 1933, he embarked on a career as a journalist, and served as a war correspondent during the Second World War after being turned down for military service on medical grounds. As a war correspondent, Clark landed on Juno Beach with the Canadians on D-Day. He followed the war until the end, and remained in Germany to report on the major War Crimes trials.

After returning to Britain in 1948, Clark embarked on a career as an author. He wrote extensively on subjects ranging from mountain climbing (over a dozen titles), the atomic bomb, Balmoral Castle, and world explorers, as well as novels of alternate history. He also wrote a number of biographies of a diverse range of historical figures, including: Charles Darwin, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Sigmund Freud, J.B.S. Haldane, V. I. Lenin, Bertrand Russell, and William F. Friedman.

Selected works

  • The Day the Rope Broke: The Story of the First Ascent of the Matterhorn (1965)
  • Queen Victoria's Bomb (science fiction, 1967)
  • JBS: The Life and Work of J.B.S. Haldane (1968) ISBN 0-340-04444-6
  • The Last Year of the Old World (US: The Bomb That Failed) (Alternate history, 1970) ISBN 0-224-61778-8
  • Einstein: The Life and Times (1972) ISBN 0-380-01159-X
  • Edison: The Man Who Made The Future (1977) ISBN 0-399-11952-3.
  • The Man Who Broke Purple: the Life of Colonel William F. Friedman, Who Deciphered the Japanese Code in World War II (1977).
  • The Greatest Power on Earth: The Story of Nuclear Fission (1980) ISBN 0-283-98715-4
  • Bertrand Russell and His World (1981) ISBN 0-500-13070-1
  • Balmoral, Queen Victoria's Highland Home (1981) ISBN 0-500-25078-2
  • The Survival of Charles Darwin (1984) ISBN 0-380-69991-5

References

  • Tuck, Donald H. (1974). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Chicago: Advent. pp. 100. ISBN 0-911682-20-1.  
  • Clark, Ronald W. (1980). The Greatest Power on Earth. London: Sidgwick & Jackson. ISBN 0-283-98715-4.  
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