Obituary

The conservationist Norman Myers drew public attention to mass extinction, disappearing habitats and environmental refugees long before they became common topics in the news and the cause of angst for...

When she was 23, Marca Bristo, a nurse in Chicago, was sitting with a friend on the shore of Lake Michigan. Her friend’s dog accidentally knocked a prized pair of Ms. Bristo’s shoes into the water...

Steven Gubser, a Princeton theoretical physicist who did groundbreaking work in trying to unite the two great fields of physics — quantum mechanics and general relativity — as part of a broad effort...

Kary B. Mullis, a biochemist who won the 1993 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovering a way to analyze DNA easily and cheaply and thus pave the way for major advances in medical diagnostics, molecular...

Daniel Callahan, a pioneering bioethicist who grappled with issues presented by medical advances like organ transplants, prenatal diagnoses and artificial respirators, died on July 16 at a hospital in...

Fernando Corbató, whose work on computer time-sharing in the 1960s helped pave the way for the personal computer, as well as the computer password, died on Friday at a nursing home in Newburyport, Mass....

One spring afternoon in 1987, a psychology student trying to shake off an upsetting memory took a stroll through a park in Los Gatos, Calif., distracting herself by darting her eyes back and forth. The...

Stanley Tigerman, an architect and provocateur noted for playful buildings that offered alternatives to the glass and steel boxes that characterized Chicago for much of the 20th century, died on Monday...

As the Vietnam War raged in the late 1960s and early ′70s, a potent heroin called “Blue Magic” flooded into Harlem and Newark from a mysterious Southeast Asian connection. It destroyed lives, and...

13th Floor Elevators frontman Roky Erickson, a psychedelic rock icon whose career was cut short due to debilitating mental illness and years spent in a Texas mental hospital, has died of unknown causes...

Edward Seaga, a former prime minister of Jamaica who helped set that island nation on a conservative course and forged a close relationship with the United States, died in Miami on Tuesday, his 89th birthday. His...

Ben Heller, an influential New York art collector and dealer best known for his early embrace of Abstract Expressionism and the sale of one of its masterworks to an Australian museum, which caused an international...

John Singleton, whose powerful debut film, “Boyz N the Hood,” earned him an Oscar nomination for best director, the first for an African-American, died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 51. His death,...

Mona Lee Brock had farming in her bones. “Farming you don’t learn from books,” she once said. “It’s not taught to you by a professor in a college. It’s taught by sitting in your father’s...

In Monday’s daily news show, host Charles Holmes has a special report on the shocking and tragic murder of rapper Nipsey Hussle, whose real name is Ermias Asghedom. The Los Angeles rapper earned...

Victoria Ruvolo, whose face was shattered when a teenager tossed a 20-pound frozen turkey through the windshield of her car in 2004 but who then insisted on mercy in his sentencing, died on Monday at her...