Scott Carpenter

October 10, 2013: Scott Carpenter, 88, US astronaut who was the second American to orbit the Earth, and the fourth in space. He also worked on the Sealab underwater exploratory mission and became an executive at NASA.
Link: Wikipedia

Ray Dolby

September 12, 2013: Ray Dolby, 80, US audio engineer who invented the almost-ubiquitous Dolby noise-reduction system. He also played a role in inventing video tape recording.
Link: WIkipedia

Neil Armstrong

August 25, 2012: Neil Armstrong, 82, American astronaut who, in 1969, was the first man to step foot on the moon. With Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon, and Apollo 11 command module pilot Michael Collins, Armstrong etched his name in history, and asserted US superiority in the "space race" with the then-USSR.
Link: CNN

Sally Ride

July 23, 2012: Sally Ride, 61, US scientist who became the first American woman in space when she flew on the shuttle Challenger on June 18, 1983. She completed a second mission the following year. She died of pancreatic cancer.
Link: NY Times

Arthur Stern

May 24, 2012: Arthur P. Stern, 87, Hungarian-born Holocaust survivor who moved to the US to work for GE, where he became a pioneer of colour television, transistor and satellite-navigation technology.
Link: LA Times

Benoit Mandelbrot

October 14, 2010: Benoit Mandelbrot, 85, Poland-born, French-American mathematician best known for his work with fractal geometry.
Link: Wikipedia

Gerald S. Lesser

September 23, 2010: Gerald S. Lesser, 84, US psychologist who was a longtime adviser to the children's television show Sesame Street.
Link: NY Times

Malcolm Douglas

September 23, 2010: Malcolm Douglas, 69, West Australian adventurer and conservationist, in a car accident. Douglas was known in Australia as "the original crocodile hunter" for his wildlife documentaries.
Links: Perth Now; Courier-Mail

David Warren

July 19, 2010: David Warren, 85, Australian-born inventor of the aircraft "black box" data recorder.
Link: NY Times

Henry Edward Roberts

April 1, 2010: Henry Edward Roberts, 68, US scientist known as the "father of the personal computer". His Altair 8800 machine inspired Microsoft founders Paul Allen and Bill Gates, who wrote software for it, and Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak.
Links: BBC

Claude Levi-Strauss

November 3, 209: Claude Levi-Strauss, 100, French anthropologist, intellectual and author whose books included Tristes Tropiques, The Savage Mind and The Raw and the Cooked.
Links: BBC

Rick Nattrass

September 4, 2009: Rick Nattrass, 59, Australian environmentalist and broadcaster, of a heart attack.
Links: ABC

Randy Pausch

July 25, 2008: Randy Pausch, 47, US computer scientist, of pancreatic cancer. Knowing he was going to die, the Carnegie Mellon University academic gave a celebrated last lecture advising students to achieve their childhood dreams.
Links: CBS, CNN

Albert Hofmann

April 29, 2008: Albert Hofmann, 102, Swiss scientist who first synthesised lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD).
Links: BBC

Judah Folkman

January 14, 2008: Judah Folkman, 74, pioneering US cancer researcher.
Links: Boston Globe

Robert Cade

November 27, 2007: Robert Cade, 80, US physician who invented the Gatorade Sports drink. At his death, he was professor emeritus of nephrology at the University of Florida.
Links: NY Times

Arthur Kornberg

October 26, 2007: Arthur Kornberg, 89, US scientist who won the Nobel prize in 1956 for synthesising DNA.
Links: IHT

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