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Celebrity Deaths in Science

  • Martin Perl, 87 (1927 - 2014)

    Martin Perl

    The Associated PressPALO ALTO, California (AP) — Martin Perl, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist from Stanford University who discovered a subatomic particle known as the tau lepton, has died at age 87.The university said the retired professor, one of two American scientists who shared the Nobel Prize for physics in 1995, died at Stanford Hospital on Tuesday.He was recognized for work he did...

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  • Noel Hinners, 88 (1925 - 2014)

    Noel Hinners

    SADIE GURMAN, The Associated PressLITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — Noel Hinners, a former chief scientist for NASA who helped plan the scientific exploration of the moon for the Apollo program and later oversaw projects such as the Mars Surveyor Program, has died.Hinners' brother Bill Hinners said Saturday that Hinners died Friday after battling a brain tumor. He was 78.Hinners began his meteoric space...

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  • Stephanie Kwolek (2014)

    Stephanie Kwolek

    RANDALL CHASE, The Associated PressDOVER, Del. (AP) — Police Lt. David Spicer, who dons protective body armor as part of his daily routine, will forever be grateful for the woman whose discovery of Kevlar fiber saved his life more than a decade ago — and has protected thousands of other officers and soldiers.Stephanie Kwolek, a pioneering female chemist at DuPont, died Wednesday at a hospital...

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  • Clyde Snow, 86 (1928 - 2014)

    Clyde Snow

    KRISTI EATON, The Associated PressOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Clyde Snow, a forensic anthropologist who worked on cases ranging from the assassination of President John F. Kennedy to mass graves in Argentina, has died. He was 86.Snow's wife, Jerry Snow, told The Associated Press her husband died Friday morning at Norman Regional Hospital in Norman, Oklahoma. Jerry Snow said her husband had lung cancer...

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  • Dr. Jacinto Convit, 100 (1913 - 2014)

    Dr. Jacinto  Convit

    The Associated PressCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Dr. Jacinto Convit, who played a key role in fighting two of the world's most feared diseases, has died in Venezuela at age 100, the foundation that bears his name announced Monday.Convit's work toward a vaccine for leprosy helped develop a therapy against the tropical disease leishmaniasis, which kills some 20,000 to 30,000 people annually across...

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