Isaac Asimov Quotes : Scholar Isaac Asimov was born on January 2, 1920, in Petrovichi, Russia. He was an American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University. Isaac Asimov was one of the 20th century’s most prolific writers, writing in many genres. He was known for sci-fi works like Foundation and I, Robot. He wrote or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He died in New York City on April 6, 1992.