Celebrity Deaths in Science

  • Jack King, 84 (2015)

    Jack King

    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 the historic launch of Apollo 11 on July 16, 1969. He also did the countdown for hundreds of the early rocket launches, including the two-man Gemini missions and many other Apollo missionsKing died at...

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  • Irwin Rose, 88 (1926 - 2015)

    Irwin Rose

    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 developing new therapies for diseases such as cervical cancer and cystic fibrosis — has died. He was 88.Rose died in his sleep early Tuesday in Deerfield, Massachusetts, said spokeswoman Janet Wilson of...

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  • 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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