June 4, 2015 |
Irwin A. Rose, 88, an eminent biochemist at Fox Chase Cancer Center who shared the 2004 Nobel Prize in chemistry for codiscovering how cells break down unwanted proteins, died in his sleep ealry Tuesday at his son's home in Deerfield, Mass. The prize was shared with Avram Hershko and Aaron Ciechanover of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. Their work had a profound impact on the scientific world's understanding of cell division, DNA repair, and immune function. It also led other scientists to develop novel cancer therapies.
July 20, 2014 |
The AIDS community mourned the loss of one of its top researchers and advocates in the jet crash in Ukraine, a "humanist" whose life - and death - reminded some of the death of another leading AIDS scientist, from Philadelphia, in a plane crash 16 years ago. Six delegates to the 20th International AIDS Conference - down from initial reports of 100 - were confirmed to have been on the plane, shot down en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia....
October 23, 2013 |
Lawrence R. Klein, 93, of Gladwyne, a University of Pennsylvania economics professor who won a Nobel Prize and was considered the father of modern economic forecasting, died Sunday, Oct. 20, of a heart ailment at his home. Dr. Klein, who observed both the Depression and the post-World War II boom, influenced many of the current generation of economic forecasters by developing models in the 1950s and 1960s. Many of the economic forecasts taken as commonplace today - such as the effect of interest rates on economic growth - exist because of Dr. Klein's innovations, say economists.
June 21, 2013
Physicist Kenneth Wilson, 77, who earned a Nobel Prize for pioneering work that changed the way physicists think about phase transitions, has died in Maine, where he retired to enjoy kayaking with his wife. Mr. Wilson, who died Saturday from complications of lymphoma, was in the physics department at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., when he won the Nobel Prize in 1982 for applying his research in quantum physics to phase transitions, the transformation that occurs when a substance goes from, say, liquid to gas. Mr. Wilson created a mathematical tool called the renormalization group that is still widely used in physics.
June 15, 2013
Robert W. Fogel, 86, a University of Chicago economist whose study of the economics of slavery sparked a furious debate in academia and later helped win him a Nobel Prize, died Tuesday. The university announced Mr. Fogel's death; his family said he died after a brief illness. Mr. Fogel wrote 22 books, the last published in April, and, according to the school, was an active faculty member in the Department of Economics and the Booth School of Business who was working on three more books at the time of his death.
May 13, 2013
A Belgian university says biochemist Christian de Duve, 95, who won the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine in 1974, died in an act of euthanasia May 4. His university, UCL in Louvain-la-Neuve, confirmed it was a case of euthanasia but did not disclose the method. Mr. de Duve shared the Nobel Prize with two other scientists for their work and discoveries on the structural and functional organization of the cell. One month before his death, he made the decision to end his life and granted an interview to the daily Le Soir to be published after his death.
January 10, 2013
James M. Buchanan, 93, who won the 1986 Nobel Prize for applying the principles of economic self-interest to understand why politicians do what they do, died Wednesday in Blacksburg, Va. No cause of death was given. Mr. Buchanan, a professor emeritus at George Mason University, was a pioneer in the field known as public-choice theory, which views government decisions through the personal interests of the bureaucrats and elected leaders who want to advance in their careers and win campaigns.
December 31, 2012 |
ROME - Rita Levi-Montalcini, a biologist who conducted underground research in defiance of Fascist persecution and went on to win a Nobel Prize for helping unlock the mysteries of the cell, died at her home in Rome on Sunday. She was 103 and had worked well into her final years. Italy's so-called "Lady of the Cells," a Jew who lived through anti-Semitic discrimination and the Nazi invasion, became one of her country's leading scientists and shared the Nobel medicine prize in 1986 with American biochemist Stanley Cohen for their groundbreaking research carried out in the United States.
December 3, 2012
Clinton begins tour of Europe WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is heading to Europe to discuss Turkey's defense and U.S. relations with Pakistan. Her first stop will be the Czech Republic for talks on energy policy in a country heavily dependent on Russian fuel. She is to join NATO foreign ministers in Brussels to discuss Turkey's request for Patriot missile assistance. Violence in neighboring Syria, which is believed to have several hundred ballistic surface-to-surface missiles capable of carrying chemical warheads, is a particular concern for Turkey, a NATO member.