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Posted 22 June 2015 - 10:36 AM

Frederick Pei Li, discoverer of the Li-Fraumeni Syndrome, which indicates a higher genetic disposition towards cancer, has died at 75, of Alzheimer's nor of cancer:




Posted 04 June 2015 - 11:52 AM

"Legendary" hot rod builder John G. Geraghty is dead at 85:




He invented the hot rod model known as the "Grasshopper".


Posted 22 May 2015 - 07:53 PM

The often overlooked fifth Beatle discoverer of the DNA, Prof. Raymond Gosling, is dead at 88:




It was him who took the crucial X-ray photograph that "unlocked the secrets of the DNA", though they were sometimes credited to Rosalind Franklin at a later point.


Posted 21 May 2015 - 09:27 PM

Antonio Fabrizi, rocket scientist, 67. http://www.telegraph...t-obituary.html


Posted 06 May 2015 - 03:38 PM

Oscar Holderer, one of the last members of Wernher von Braun's team who built the Saturn V rocket has died at 95. http://www.al.com/ne...of_wernher.html


The wind tunnel used by NASA to test the Saturn V – and still used today - was Holderer's design.


Edit: BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk...canada-32620119


Posted 06 May 2015 - 01:56 AM

"Alexander Rich Dies; Confirmed DNA’s Double Helix - died at 90 on April 27 in Boston, doggedly investigated DNA and RNA, the fundamental molecules of life."




Posted 04 May 2015 - 12:02 PM

The father of the DSL-technology, Joseph Lechleider is dead at 82:




I guess in 10 years, nobody will remember what DSL is anymore.


Posted 24 April 2015 - 09:54 AM

Computer scientist Valery Spinidonov, aged 30, has volunteered to be the subject of the world's first head transplant operation.   I'll leave it for others to judge his chances of success.


His life-limiting diagnosis of spinal muscular atrophy is the reason he has chosen risk such pioneering surgery.

Here's a video about him:




I can understand the desire. Though they say that the operation is meant to take place within the next 2 years, and it doesn't sound as if Mr. Spiridonov will live that long.


Posted 20 April 2015 - 12:20 PM

The "Einstein of Turkey", Oktay Sinanoglu is dead at 80:




He was a chemist and became the youngest-ever person to become a full professor at Yale in 1963. 


Posted 12 April 2015 - 12:14 PM

Dr Levi Watkins Jr, who created the system which would allow detection of ventricular fibrillation or ventricular tachycardia, has died at the age of 70. http://www.tennessea...-dies/25657237/


Edit: Close to some people's hearts....cheque please.

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