Groundbreaking Sleep Researcher J. Allan Hobson Dies at 88
Groundbreaking Sleep Researcher J. Allan Hobson Dies at 88
He famously contradicted Sigmund Freud’s views on the meaning of dreams.
Groundbreaking Sleep Researcher J. Allan Hobson Dies at 88
Groundbreaking Sleep Researcher J. Allan Hobson Dies at 88

He famously contradicted Sigmund Freud’s views on the meaning of dreams.

He famously contradicted Sigmund Freud’s views on the meaning of dreams.

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Virologist and Former HHMI President Purnell Choppin Dies at 91
Virologist and Former HHMI President Purnell Choppin Dies at 91
Lisa Winter | Jul 13, 2021
Choppin drastically expanded the institute during his tenure in the 1980s and ’90s.
Evolutionary Biologist Richard Lewontin Dies at 92
Evolutionary Biologist Richard Lewontin Dies at 92
Stephanie Melchor | Jul 8, 2021
The Harvard University evolutionary biologist pioneered the use of protein gel electrophoresis to study molecular genetics.  
Nephrologist Barbara Murphy Dies at 56
Nephrologist Barbara Murphy Dies at 56
Lisa Winter | Jul 6, 2021
Her work led to more predictable outcomes for kidney transplants.
Endocrinologist Jean Wilson Dies at 88
Endocrinologist Jean Wilson Dies at 88
Lisa Winter | Jun 24, 2021
The University of Texas Southwestern professor’s research focused on the androgen hormones that cause male sexual differentiation and may also lead to prostate disease.
John Pawelek, Who Explored the Causes of Metastasis, Dies at 79
John Pawelek, Who Explored the Causes of Metastasis, Dies at 79
Marcus A. Banks | Jun 22, 2021
The Yale School of Medicine cancer researcher doggedly pursued the question of how cancer spreads.
Nobel Laureate Richard Ernst Dies at 87
Nobel Laureate Richard Ernst Dies at 87
Lisa Winter | Jun 11, 2021
The chemist refined nuclear magnetic resonance technology, giving rise to the development of MRI.
Hybrid Rice Developer Yuan Longping Dies at 90
Hybrid Rice Developer Yuan Longping Dies at 90
Lisa Winter | May 26, 2021
The high-yield variety of rice he produced in the 1970s prevented countless people from dying of starvation.
Salamander Expert David Wake Dies at 84
Salamander Expert David Wake Dies at 84
Lisa Winter | May 21, 2021
Throughout his career, the University of California, Berkeley, herpetologist named 144 species of salamanders.
Diabetes Testing Pioneer Helen Free Dies at 98
Diabetes Testing Pioneer Helen Free Dies at 98
Lisa Winter | May 5, 2021
Free’s dip-and-read urinalysis allowed diabetics to monitor glucose levels at home, rather than at a hospital.
Polar Bear Researcher Markus Dyck Dies in Helicopter Crash
Polar Bear Researcher Markus Dyck Dies in Helicopter Crash
Lisa Winter | Apr 30, 2021
Dyck was widely respected for working alongside indigenous groups as he studied polar bears on their ancestral lands.
Laurence “Larry” Kedes, Molecular Geneticist, Dies at 83
Laurence “Larry” Kedes, Molecular Geneticist, Dies at 83
Amanda Heidt | Apr 26, 2021
In addition to isolating the first protein-coding gene from a eukaryote, Kedes furthered scientists’ understanding of actin genes and also laid the foundations for modern DNA databases such as GenBank.
Microbiologist Thomas Brock Dies at 94
Microbiologist Thomas Brock Dies at 94
Lisa Winter | Apr 23, 2021
Brock’s discovery of a thermophile bacteria at Yellowstone National Park in 1966 eventually enabled the development of PCR.
Robert “Buzz” Baldwin, Early Expert in Protein Structures, Dies
Robert “Buzz” Baldwin, Early Expert in Protein Structures, Dies
Jef Akst | Apr 2, 2021
Research by the Stanford University School of Medicine professor revealed how newly formed strings of amino acids fold into complex three-dimensional shapes.
Mary Jeanne Kreek, Methadone Developer, Dies at 84
Mary Jeanne Kreek, Methadone Developer, Dies at 84
Asher Jones | Mar 31, 2021
A physician and neurobiologist at the Rockefeller University who specialized in addiction research, Kreek was best known for her work on developing the treatment for heroin addiction.
José Baselga, Renowned Oncologist, Dies at 61
José Baselga, Renowned Oncologist, Dies at 61
Asher Jones | Mar 22, 2021
The cancer researcher and executive vice president of AstraZeneca’s oncology research and development is well known for his role in the development of pivotal breast cancer therapies.
High Profile Developmental Biologist Lewis Wolpert Dies at 91
High Profile Developmental Biologist Lewis Wolpert Dies at 91
Shawna Williams | Feb 16, 2021
Wolpert, who conducted research at University College London, was known for his work on morphogenesis and pattern development in embryos and for his multiple books and broadcast appearances.
Pioneering Cancer Researcher Emil Freireich Dies at 93
Pioneering Cancer Researcher Emil Freireich Dies at 93
Asher Jones | Feb 5, 2021
The oncologist developed lifesaving childhood leukemia treatments and revolutionized chemotherapy.
Amphibian Conservation Champion Phil Bishop Dies
Amphibian Conservation Champion Phil Bishop Dies
Lisa Winter | Feb 4, 2021
His career was dedicated to understanding and protecting frog populations.
Respected Medical Geneticist Sir Peter Harper Dies at 81
Respected Medical Geneticist Sir Peter Harper Dies at 81
Catherine Offord | Feb 2, 2021
The Cardiff University researcher was famous both for his work on genetic disorders and for his documentation of the history of his field.