Hal Clement (Harry Clement Stubbs) was born in Somerville,
Massachusetts, on May 30, 1922. He received a B.S. in
astronomy from Harvard in 1943, an M.Ed from Boston University
in 1946, and an M.S. in chemistry from Simmons College in
From Harvard he entered the Army Air Corps Reserve, received
pilot wings and commission at Steward Field, N.Y., in March,
1944, and flew 35 combat missions in Liberator (B-24) bombers
with the 8th Air Force. Recalled to active duty in 1951, he
spent eight months as a squadron executive officer at Bolling
Air Force Base and 16 months as a technical instructor at the
Armed Forces Special Weapons School at Sandia Base, New Mexico.
He retired from the service as a full colonel in 1976.
His first story, "Proof", appeared in the June, 1942,
issue of Astounding Science Fiction (now Analog),
and his first novel, Needle, was serialized there
in 1949. His best known story (unfortunately, he feels),
Mission of Gravity, appeared in 1953, and has been in
print most of the time since. Other novels are Iceworld,
Close to Critical, Star Light, Still River,
Fossil, and Half Life.
He was inducted into the First Fandom Hall of Fame in 1997,
the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 1998, and
given the Grand Master Award by the Science Fiction and
Fantasy Writers of America in 1999 (for 1998).
Mr. Stubbs married Mary Elizabeth Myers in 1952. They have
two sons, George Clement and Richard Myers, and a daughter,
He is a 23 gallon Red Cross blood donor and hopes to reach
25. He taught high school science for forty years, two in a
public school and thirty-eight at Milton Academy, from which
he retired in 1987. He served the New England Association of
Chemistry Teachers as a division chairman, in various positions
for its regular summer conferences, and finally as President.
He is an honorary member of NEACT and of Aula Laudis, an honor
organization of high school chemistry teachers.
Since 1972 he has also painted astronomical and science
fiction art as "George Richard."