Notable Scientists Deaths

  • Rostislav Belyakov (2014)

    Rostislav Belyakov

    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 Moscow following an unspecified illness.Belyakov became the MiG chief designer in 1969, succeeding the firm's founder, Artyom Mikoyan, and led the development of a family of MiG fighters, including MiG-23...

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  • Dale Gardner, 11 (2014)

    Dale Gardner

    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 in Colorado Springs, according to his obituary in the Colorado Springs Gazette (http://tinyurl.com/pvc8xbl). The obituary did not list the cause of death. The NASA website says he died on Feb. 19. ...

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  • Ron Williams (2013)

    Ron Williams

    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 Atlanta bureau, died Thursday. He was 63.Williams, who rose to become the technology manager for seven states, died after a lengthy battle with cancer.Based in the AP's Atlanta offices, the Georgia native...

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  • Willis Ware, 93 (1920 - 2013)

    Willis Ware

    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 ubiquitous, has died. He was 93.Ware was on the team at Princeton University that built the IAS machine, one of the world's first electronic computers, in the late 1940s. He joined Rand in 1952 to help...

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  • Fred Kavli (1927 - 2013)

    Fred Kavli

    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 Thursday at his home in Santa Barbara from complications of surgery for a rare form of cancer, the Kavli Foundation said in a statement.Kavli was a philanthropist, physicist and entrepreneur. In 2000, he...

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