Celebrity Deaths in Science

  • S. Donald Stookey, 99 (1915 - 2014)

    S. Donald  Stookey

    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...

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  • Joan Quigley, 87 (1927 - 2014)

    Joan Quigley

    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 Soviet Union, has died at the age of 87.Quigley died Oct. 21 at her San Francisco home after an unspecified illness, the San Francisco Chronicle, quoting Quigley's sister, Ruth, said Friday.Nancy Reagan...

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  • 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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