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Stephen Hawking has died at 76

Stephen Hawking, whose work advanced the state of physics as much as the popular understanding of it, has died at the age of 76, his family has said. Hawking's brilliant intellect and unflinching pers

Ed Lee, SF mayor who had a close relationship with the tech world, has died aged 65

Ed Lee, the mayor of San Francisco who worked closely with leaders in the city’s tech industry, has died after a heart attack aged 65. A statement issued by his office confirmed his passing afte

Ralph Baer, The Grandfather Of Gaming, Dead At 92

On weekends, my basement could be considered a shrine and church to Ralph Baer. It is there that my children congregate and play video games for hours, a pastime now as familiar as gathering around an

Veteran Gaming Journalist Steve Morgenstern Dies Of Sudden Illness

Gaming journalist <a target="_blank" href="https://www.facebook.com/steve.morgenstern.3">Steve Morgenstern</a> died on July 24 after a sudden illness. He was founding editor of Atari Age, a bi-monthly

RIP Mike Culbert, iOS And Newton Pioneer

We've received direct word and <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/lesv/status/325484205746294784">noted on Twitter</a> that that <a target="_blank" href="http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view

Film Critic Roger Ebert Dead At 70

In the annals of criticism it is often the case that a writer is cursed in life and forgotten in death. For Roger Ebert, voluminous historian of the cinema and its most astute critic, neither of these

Digital Activist Aaron Swartz Dead At 26

Digital activist and early employee at Reddit, Aaron Swartz, committed suicide in New York on January 11. He was 26. Swartz was a fiery proponent of Internet freedom and the founder of <a target="_

Donald J. Sobol, Creator Of Encyclopedia Brown, Dead At 87

Donald J. Sobol, author of the acclaimed Encyclopedia Brown series of children's mystery books, <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/PublishersWkly/statuses/224867121421746177">died last Wed

Goodbye, Ray Bradbury

Author Ray Bradbury died today in Los Angeles. He was 91. As a child of the pre-Internet, Bradbury's writing was just on the apex between a grave, plastic future foreseen by <i>Star Wars</i> and t

Micron CEO Dead At 51

The CEO of Micron Technology, Steve Appleton, died in a small plane crash today in Boise, Idaho. He was 51. Appleton worked at the company since 1983, starting on the night shift production lin

Creator Of Lisp, John McCarthy, Dead At 84

The creator of Lisp and arguably the father of modern artificial intelligence, John McCarthy, died last night. He studied mathematics with the famous John Nash at Princeton and, notably, held the firs

What Can We Learn From Dennis Ritchie?

As we noted earlier this week, one of the founding fathers of UNIX and the creator of C, Dennis Ritchie, passed away last weekend. While I feel that many in computer science and related fields knew of

Robert Morris, Computer Security Expert, Dead At 78

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Robert-morris.jpeg" /><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Morris_(cryptographer)">Robert Morris</a>, a security expert and fathe

Les Paul, father of the solid-body electric guitar, dead at 94

Strum out a few chords of Stairway, friends, because the guy who pioneered the solid-body electric guitar, Les Paul, is dead. He died of complications from pneumonia in White Plains, NY. Paul also inv

Games journalist dead at 33

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/158110-jason_serena_montes_original.jpg"><a HREF="http://www.pcworld.com/article/158110/games_murder_suicide.html?tk=rss_news">One of our

Steve Jobs: 1955 to 2008… according to Bloomberg