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Celebrity Deaths in Science

  • Paul Allen, 65 (1953 - 2018)

    Paul Allen

    Paul Allen (1953 – 2018) co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates. The duo started Microsoft in 1975. When IBM contracted Microsoft to provide the operating system for their personal computers, the company gained success. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Constance Adams, 53 (2018)

    Constance Adams

    Space architect Constance Adams, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, has died from cancer at the age of 53, according to National Geographic Magazine. For full obituary from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Koko the Gorilla, 46 (1971 - 2018)

    Koko the Gorilla

    If ever there was a living being who inspired a lot of people to think more of the inner lives of animals, it was Koko, the gorilla who used sign language. She died in her sleep Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at the age of 46, the Gorilla Foundation announced in a press release late Wednesday night. Koko — short for her full name, Hanabiko, Japanese for "fireworks child," because she was born on...

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  • Alan Bean, 86 (1932 - 2018)

    Alan Bean

    Alan Bean, the NASA astronaut who became the fourth person to walk on the moon, died Saturday, May 26, 2018, in Houston after a short illness, according to the Associated Press. He was 86. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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  • Stephen Hawking, 76 (1942 - 2018)

    Stephen Hawking

    Stephen Hawking, one of the world's best-known scientists who brought theoretical physics to the general public with his 1988 best-seller, "A Brief History of Time," died Wednesday, March 14, 2018, in Cambridge, England. He was 76. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.

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