Douglas Noel Adams .:1952-2001:.

Douglas Noel Adams was born in Cambridge on 11 March 1952. He was educated at Brentwood School, Essex and St John's College, Cambridge where, in 1974 he gained a BA (and later an MA) in English Literature. His first published work was a short story in Eagle comic, age 11.

He started writing and performing at Cambridge, and his early work led on from material written for Footlights 'smokers'. Some of his early work featured on Weekending, and The Burkiss Way. He also worked with Graham Chapman (from Monty Python) and produced a Radio 4 christmas pantomime.

When he moved from radio to become script editor for Doctor Who, he wrote several stories for the Tom Baker incarnation of the Doctor, and he worked Tom Baker again in 1990, for the Hyperland documentary.

Whilst writing for Doctor Who, the The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was comissioned. It originally appearing as a Radio 4 series in March 1978. Since then it has been transformed into a series of best-selling novels, a television series, records, cassettes, a DVD, CDs, a computer game and several stage adaptations. It is currently under development as a major motion picture with Disney.

Douglas Adams also worked as a chicken shed cleaner, a bodyguard for an Arab royal family, and even appeared as a guitarist for Pink Floyd. His moment of rock glory was a birthday present from Dave Gilmour.

Douglas Adams was a founder-director and Chief Fantasist of The Digital Village, a digital media and Internet company with which he created the 1998 CD-ROM Starship Titanic, a Codie Award-winning and BAFTA-nominated adventure game.

Sadly, Douglas Adams died suddenly of a heart attack on May 11th, 2001. The Minor Planet Centre space agency has named an asteroid Arthur Dent, coincidentally announcing its plan the day Adams died.