Why Famous: Douglas Adams was an English author best known for 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' which began as a BBC radio series before becoming first a novel. In 2005 it was made into a major film featuring Martin Freeman and Sam Rockwell, among others.
Adams was committed to a number of social and political causes—from environmentalism and conservationism to technological innovation and atheism. While describing himself as a radical atheist, Adams remained interested in the social influence of religious belief.
He also campaigned on behalf of endangered species, including his participating in a climb of Mount Kilimanjaro while wearing a rhinoceros costume; and was the first person to buy a Mac computer in Europe, with second-place going to Stephen Fry.
Douglas Adams died of a heart attack at 49; and fittingly for such a fan of technological innovation, his funeral was the first church service to be broadcast live online by the BBC.
- 1991-11-25 Author Douglas Adams (39) weds Jane Belson
- 1978-03-08 The first-ever radio episode of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, is transmitted on BBC Radio 4.