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Remembering Roger Boisjoly: He Tried To Stop Shuttle Challenger Launch

by Howard Berkes
NPR

Roger Boisjoly was a booster rocket engineer at NASA contractor Morton Thiokol in Utah in January, 1986, when he and four colleagues became embroiled in the fatal decision to launch the Space Shuttle Challenger.

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Hubert Sumlin, guitarist for Howlin’ Wolf, dies at 80


Hubert Sumlin put the bite behind Howlin’ Wolf.

And he then influenced a new pack of electric blues and rock guitarists.

Mr. Sumlin died Sunday in a hospital in Wayne, N.J., reportedly of heart failure. He had turned 80 on Nov. 16. Mr. Sumlin was best known as lead guitarist for Howlin’ Wolf (Chester Burnett) from 1953 until Wolf’s death in 1976.

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John McCarthy


John McCarthy, who has died aged 84, was often described as the father of “artificial intelligence” (AI), a branch of computer science founded on the notion that human intelligence can be simulated by machines .

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Dennis Ritchie

Dennis Ritchie, Trailblazer in Digital Era, Dies at 70
New York Times
By STEVE LOHR
Published: October 13, 2011

Dennis M. Ritchie, who helped shape the modern digital era by creating software tools that power things as diverse as search engines like Google and smartphones, was found dead on Wednesday at his home in Berkeley Heights, N.J. He was 70.
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Paul Baran, Internet Pioneer, Dies at 84

By KATIE HAFNER
The New York Times
Published: March 27, 2011

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Owsley Stanley, Artisan of Acid, Is Dead at 76

by Margalit Fox
New York Times

Owsley Stanley, the prodigiously gifted applied chemist to the stars, who made LSD in quantity for the Grateful Dead, the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Ken Kesey and other avatars of the psychedelic ’60s, died on Sunday in a car accident in Australia. He was 76 and lived in the bush near Cairns, in the Australian state of Queensland.
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Benoît Mandelbrot, Novel Mathematician, Dies at 85

The father of fractals is dead.
Benoît Mandelbrot, Novel Mathematician, Dies at 85
By JASCHA HOFFMAN
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