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Charles H. Townes, 99 (1915 - 2015)
By LISA LEFF, The Associated PressBERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Charles H. Townes' inspiration for the predecessor of the laser came to him while sitting on a park bench, waiting for a restaurant to open for breakfast.On the tranquil morning of April 26, 1951, Townes scribbled a theory on scrap paper that would lead to the laser, the invention he's known for and which transformed everyday life and...
Dieter E. Grau, 101 (1913 - 2014)
The Associated PressHUNTSVILLE, Alabama (AP) — A member of the German rocket team that helped build America's space program in Alabama has died.An announcement from a funeral home in Huntsville says Dieter E. Grau died Wednesday at age 101.A worker says relatives are still working on the arrangements and further details weren't immediately available.Grau came to the United States after World...
Ralph Baer, 92 (1922 - 2014)
The Associated PressMANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Ralph Baer, a video game pioneer who created both the precursor to "Pong" and the electronic memory game Simon and led the team that developed the first home video game console, has died. He was 92.Baer, a longtime resident of Manchester, died at his home Saturday, the Goodwin Funeral Home in Manchester confirmed Monday.Born in Germany, Baer escaped...
Lester Brodeur, 75 (1939 - 2014)
Talented scientist and inventor, Lester Brodeur, dies in Rockwall, TX. He was 75.
S. Donald Stookey, 99 (1915 - 2014)
DAVID PITT, The Associated PressDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — S. Donald Stookey is no household name, but his best-known invention truly is: CorningWare, the durable, heat-resistant ceramic glass used since the 1950s to make millions upon millions of baked lasagnas, tuna casseroles and other potluck-dinner dishes.The scientist, who died Tuesday at 99, created a type of glass so strong that the...
Joan Quigley, 87 (1927 - 2014)
The Associated PressSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Joan Quigley, the astrologer who helped determine President Ronald Reagan's schedule and claimed to have convinced him to soften his stance toward the...
Martin Perl, 87 (1927 - 2014)
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...
Noel Hinners, 88 (1925 - 2014)
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...
Stephanie Kwolek (2014)
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...
Clyde Snow, 86 (1928 - 2014)
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...
Dr. Jacinto Convit, 100 (1913 - 2014)
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...
Dr. Andres Carrasco (2014)
MICHAEL WARREN, The Associated PressBUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Dr. Andres Carrasco, an Argentine neuroscientist who challenged pesticide regulators to re-examine one of the world's most widely...
Colin Pillinger, 70 (1943 - 2014)
BY JILL LAWLESS, The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Colin Pillinger, an ebullient space scientist who captured the popular imagination with his failed attempt to land a British probe on Mars, has...
Bill Dana, 83 (1930 - 2014)
The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Famed research test pilot Bill Dana, who flew the X-15 rocket plane and other pioneering aircraft during the birth of the space age, has died at age 83.Dana...
John C. Houbolt, 95 (1919 - 2014)
The Associated PressSCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — John C. Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA's successful moon landing in 1969, has died. He was 95...
Rostislav Belyakov (2014)
The Associated PressMOSCOW (AP) — The maker of MiG fighter jets says that its chief designer Rostislav Belyakov has died. He was 94.The company said in a statement that Belyakov died Friday in...
Dale Gardner, 11 (2014)
The Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Former astronaut Dale Gardner, who helped haul a stranded satellite into the space shuttle during a 1984 spacewalk, died Wednesday at age 65. Gardner died...
Ron Williams (2013)
JEFF MARTIN, The Associated PressATLANTA (AP) — Ron Williams, a veteran Associated Press technology manager who began his career with AP as a teenager maintaining the teletype machines in the...
Willis Ware, 93 (1920 - 2013)
The Associated Press, The Associated PressWillis Ware, a former Rand Corp. engineer who helped build early computers in the 1940s and '50 and predicted the importance of PCs long before they became...
Fred Kavli (1927 - 2013)
The Associated PressSANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Fred Kavli, who launched a foundation to support science research and award prizes of $1 million to scientists, has died. He was 86.Kavli died...
Frederick Sanger, 95 (1918 - 2013)
CASSANDRA VINOGRAD, The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — British biochemist Frederick Sanger, who twice won the Nobel Prize in chemistry and was a pioneer of genome sequencing, has died at the age of...
Wes Bialosuknia, 68 (1945 - 2013)
The Associated PressSTORRS, Conn. (AP) — Wes Bialosuknia, who averaged 28 points a game for Connecticut in the 1966-67 season to set a school record, has died. He was 68.The school said he died...
Lawrence R. Klein, 93 (1920 - 2013)
KEVIN BEGOS, The Associated PressPITTSBURGH (AP) — Lawrence R. Klein, a longtime University of Pennsylvania professor who won the Nobel Prize in economics, has died. He was 93.He died Sunday at his...
Vladimir Keilis-Borok (2013)
The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Vladimir Keilis-Borok, a seismologist who believed earthquakes could be predicted months in advance, has died. He was 92.Keilis-Borok died on Oct. 19 at his...
William C. Lowe (2013)
TAMMY WEBBER, The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — William C. Lowe had a bold idea: IBM should develop a personal computer that could be mass marketed, expanding the company's reach beyond...
Scott Carpenter, 88 (1925 - 2013)
DAN ELLIOTT, The Associated Press BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Astronaut Scott Carpenter had an adventuresome spirit and was driven to know everything he could about the universe, fellow space pioneer...
Dr. Ruth Benerito, 97 (1916 - 2013)
Ruth Benerito, the chemist who invented wrinkle-free cotton, also known as Permanent Press, died Saturday in Louisiana. More information will be posted as it comes available.
Harold Agnew, 92 (1921 - 2013)
RUSSELL CONTRERAS, The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (AP) — Harold Agnew, a former Los Alamos National Laboratory Director who worked on the Manhattan Project and later led the effort...
Ruth Patrick, 105 (1907 - 2013)
JOANN LOVIGLIO, The Associated PressPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ruth Patrick, a scientist whose research on freshwater ecosystems led to groundbreaking ways to measure pollution in rivers and streams, has...
David Hubel, 87 (1926 - 2013)
Dr. David H. Hubel was a resident of Lincoln, Massachusetts at the time of his passing. He was preceded in death by his wife S. Ruth. A memorial service for family and friends will be held at the...