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2014 Year In Review

Remembering the lives of the most notable personalities lost in 2014

Celebrity Deaths in Science

  • 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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  • Ralph Baer, 92 (1922 - 2014)

    Ralph Baer

    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...

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  • Lester Brodeur, 75 (1939 - 2014)

    Lester Brodeur

    Talented scientist and inventor, Lester Brodeur, dies in Rockwall, TX. He was 75.

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  • 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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