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1952 - 2001
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Biography

Douglas Noel Adams (DNA) was an English author, dramatist and musician. He is best known as the author of the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy series.

He was known to some fans as Bop Ad (after his illegible signature), or by his initials "DNA"; Adams was proud of the coincidence that he was born in Cambridge the year before the elucidation of the structure of DNA in the same city.

In addition to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams wrote or co-wrote three stories of the science fiction television series Doctor Who and served as Script Editor during the seventeenth season. His other written works include the Dirk Gently novels, and he co-wrote two Liff books and Last Chance to See, itself based on a radio series. Adams also originated the idea for the computer game Starship Titanic, which was produced by a company that Adams co-founded, and adapted into a novel by Terry Jones. A posthumous collection of essays and other material, including an incomplete novel, was published as The Salmon of Doubt in 2002.