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Edgar Mitchell, 85 (1930 - 2016)
Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut who was the 6th man to walk on the moon, has died in Florida, according to The Associated Press. He was 85. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.
Marvin Minsky, 88 (1927 - 2016)
Marvin Minsky, a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence, died Sunday at the age of 88, according to the Washington Post and other news sources. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.
John Knauss, 90 (1925 - 2015)
John Knauss, the oceanographer whose research and advocacy highlighted the perilous state of the world's oceans, died Nov. 19. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.
Josh Greenberg, 28 (2015)
Josh Greenberg, co-founder and former chief technology officer of music streaming service Grooveshark, has died at the age of 28, according to The Gainesville Sun. His girlfriend, with whom he shared a home, found him deceased in bed on Sunday after she returned from a weekend away. By The Associated Press GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A co-founder of the defunct music streaming service...
Claudia Alexander (2015)
Claudia Alexander, the brilliant NASA scientist who concluded the agency's highly-successful Galileo mission to Jupiter died on July 11, according to the Associated Press. She was 56 and, per the LA Times, waged a lengthy battle with breast cancer. By JOHN ROGERS, The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Claudia Alexander, a brilliant, pioneering scientist who helped direct NASA's Galileo...
Jack King, 84 (2015)
By MARCIA DUNN, The Associated PressCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Jack King, a NASA public affairs official who became the voice of the Apollo moon shots, died Thursday. He was 84.King counted down...
Irwin Rose, 88 (1926 - 2015)
The Associated PressDEERFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Irwin Rose, a biochemist who shared the 2004 Nobel Prize in chemistry for discovering a way that cells destroy unwanted proteins — the basis for...
Bernice Steadman, 89 (1925 - 2015)
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...
Ernest Sternglass, 91 (1923 - 2015)
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. ...
Fitzhugh Fulton, Jr., 89 (1925 - 2015)
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...