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Friday, 26 May, 2000, 15:06 GMT 16:06 UK
Arthur C Clarke knighted
High Commissioner Linda Duffield and Sir Arthur C Clarke
The private ceremony was held at the UK High Commission in Colombo
The science fiction writer, Arthur C Clarke, has been knighted, more than two years after the title was conferred on him.

UK High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Linda Duffield, presented the "award of Knight Bachelor" to the novelist at a ceremony in Colombo, where he resides.

The investiture ceremony was delayed until Sir Arthur was cleared of charges of paedophilia, brought against him after an article published in the Sunday Mirror.

Sir Arthur has always maintained his innocence.

He was due to travel to London earlier this year to receive the award from the Queen, but was unable to do so because of post polio syndrome.

I have every reason to be happy

Sir Arthur C Clarke

"I feel like a lobster," Sir Arthur, who is confined to a wheelchair, is reported to have said.

"I have every reason to be happy and, yes, I am very happy," Sir Arthur said at the ceremony at the high commissioner's residence.

The private ceremony was attended by many of the author's close friends.

Arthur C Clarke, 82, is regarded as a space-age visionary, who predicted space travel in 1945, long before rockets were tested.

One of the best known science fiction authors, Sir Arthur has written more than 80 books, including the classic 2001: A Space Odyssey.

He has made Sri Lanka his home and has lived on the island since 1956.

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