Balzac was one of the most influential authors of the 19th Century. His major collection of interlinked novels and stories is known as The Human Comedy. He became known as the ‘French Dickens’, and was an influence on the writings of Charles Dickens, amongst many other significant authors.
Clarke was one of the giants of 20th Century Science Fiction. He wrote the screenplay and novel of 2001: A Space Odyssey in collaboration with Stanley Kubrick, as well as the Rendezvous with Rama series. He was also a noted populariser of science.
Weiss was a part of the European women’s suffrage movement during the 1930s, and later active in the French Resistance during the Second World War. She was elected as a member of the European Parliament in 1979, and the main building of the Parliament is named after her.