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Celebrity Deaths in Science

  • Bernice Steadman, 89 (1925 - 2015)

    Bernice Steadman

    The Associated PressTRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A woman who was among 13 selected for training as possible astronauts in the early 1960s has died at her northern Michigan home. She was 89.Bernice Steadman was a member of the so-called "Mercury 13." NASA dropped the program, and it was 22 more years before a U.S. woman went to space.Robert Steadman says his wife died Wednesday in Traverse City....

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  • Ernest Sternglass, 91 (1923 - 2015)

    Ernest Sternglass

    The Associated Press ITHACA, New York (AP) — A physicist whose career was highlighted by research that helped capture moving images of the first moon walk has died. Ernest Sternglass was 91. Cornell University says Sternglass died Feb. 12 of heart failure in Ithaca, New York. Sternglass corresponded early in his career with Albert Einstein, who encouraged him to pursue applied physics...

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  • Fitzhugh Fulton, Jr., 89 (1925 - 2015)

    Fitzhugh Fulton, Jr.

    The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Pilot Fitzhugh "Fitz" Fulton Jr., known as the "Dean of Flight Test" for his involvement in pioneering programs including the space shuttle piggyback flights, has died. He was 89.Fulton died Wednesday at his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Thousand Oaks from complications of Parkinson's disease, his daughter, Ginger Terry, told the Los Angeles Times.His...

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  • Charles H. Townes, 99 (1915 - 2015)

    Charles H. Townes

    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...

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  • Dieter E. Grau, 101 (1913 - 2014)

    Dieter E. Grau

    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...

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