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12 Great Scientists We Lost in 2016 Worth Remembering for Their Life and Works

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12 Great Scientists We Lost in 2016 Worth Remembering for Their Life and Works
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Thanks to many great scientists who dedicate their lives on their works, the world has become a better place with their visions, inventions, and breakthroughs. Last 2016, we have lost a number of amazing people and along with them are scientists worth remembering, whom we may not have known, but their achievements undoubtedly reverberate our lives.

Great Scientists We Lost in 2016

Jemma Redmond

The young Irish biotechnology pioneer and innovator, Jemma Redmond, is considered the leading figure in the Irish science and technology field. Specializing in 3D bio-printing, she has developed a way to keep living cells alive while being printed. She had a sudden death at the age of 38.

Deborah S. Jin

Known as the pioneer in molecular quantum chemistry, Dr. Jin’s team at JILA, a NIST joint lab in the University of Colorado, created the world’s first fermionic condensate, a new form of matter.  The American physicist died of cancer at the age of 47.

Susan Lindquist

It has been a part of Susan Linquist’s philosophy and lab criteria that scientists be good and have the urge to help people. The American biology professor specializes in molecular biology.

Her research on protein folding gave a new framework for understanding Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and Creutzfeldt-Jakob diseases. She died at the age of 67.

Victor Scheinman

Scheinman was terrified of robots the first time he came in contact with them (through the 2008 film The Day the Earth Stood Still); he said he even had nightmares about them. He then became the pioneer of the robotics field and created the assembly line robot.

The mechanical engineer’s passion lasted until the end. He continued consulting with a professor up until the time of his death. He was 73 years old.

Ray Tomlinson

We have to thank Ray Tomlinson for the modern emails we are using today to connect whether work-wise or for personal use. With the “@” sign, the computer programmer was able to send email, for the first time, between users on different hosts. At the age of 74 years old, Tomlinson died from a heart attack at his home.

Vera Rubin

The astrophysicist told us to shoot for space, not stars (because we already know what is there) since that is where the “real mystery lies.” The astronomer is considered the frontier of work on galaxy rotation rates by proving the existence of dark matter.

Rubin died on Christmas of 2016 at 88 years old. Up until her last moments, she continued studying how stars move in the outskirts of the galaxies.

Wesley A. Clark

The modern personal computers of today would be non-existent if not for the pioneering work of physicist Wesley A. Clark. He was also a recipient of the IEEE Computer Society Computer Pioneer Award for First Personal Computer. At the age of 88, he died at his home due to severe atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

Marvin Minsky

A mind is a machine, according to the American cognitive scientist who later on pioneered its research. Minsky also co-founded the AI laboratory of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

At 88 years old, Minsky died of cerebral hemorrhage. Meanwhile, there are beliefs that Minsky’s body is cryogenically preserved by Alcor Life Extension Foundation to be revived in the year 2045. Alcor’s privacy policy protects them from neither confirming nor denying the claims.

Walter Kohn

The Austrian-born American theoretical physicist and theoretical chemist are always prepared for “mostly disappointments” aside from the great excitement and personal rewards. Through those ideals, he has simplified complex calculations for science, physics, and chemistry with the use of his density functional theory.

Kohn was 93 years old when he passed away. He fought from jaw cancer.

Denton Cooley

Heart surgeon Denton Cooley says he was never queasy on the sight of blood. That may have aided him while performing the first implantation of a total artificial heart in 1969. He died at the age of 96.

Jay Wright Forrester

Forrester is one of the great scientists pioneering American computer engineer on digital computers. He also invented the magnetic core memory, the forerunner of today’s RAM (random-access memory.) At 98 years old, the systems scientist passed away.

Simon Ramo

Also known as “Si,” Ramo is an American engineer, author, and businessman. He achieved numerous achievements throughout his life.

Ramo is known as the father of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and developer of General Electronic’s (GE) electron microscope. He also pioneered developments in missile technology and microwave. He was 103 years old when he died.

Our world has lost a lot of great scientists – some are budding while others have lived revered careers. Ultimately, they deserve our thoughts and gratitude for their life’s works.


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