Robert C. Richardson
Won Nobel Prize for physics in 1996
Robert C. Richardson, 75, a
He and fellow Cornell researchers David Lee and Douglas Osheroff were awarded the Nobel in 1996 for their 1971 work on extremely low-temperature physics involving the isotope helium-3. Their discovery demonstrated that the isotope became a "superfluid" that flows without friction, and it contributed to research ranging from the properties of microscopic matter to astrophysics.
Richardson was born June 26, 1937, in
He joined Cornell in 1968 and was named the Floyd R. Newman Professor of Physics in 1987. He was also Cornell's first provost for research from 1998 to 2003.
As co-author of the 2005 National Academy of Sciences report "Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future," Richardson called for the United States to ensure that it remains globally competitive in science and technology.
Lee is now a physics professor at Texas A&M University and Osheroff is a professor emeritus at Stanford University.
Sitcom star turned Shakespearean actor
Richard Briers, 79, a British actor who was an avuncular comic presence on TV and movie screens for decades, died Sunday at his London home, said his agent, Christopher Farrar. A former heavy smoker, Briers had suffered from emphysema.
Briers starred in the 1970s sitcom
In later life, he became well known for Shakespearean roles. He joined director
For Branagh, he took on roles including King Lear, Malvolio in "Twelfth Night" and the buffoon Bottom in "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
He also appeared in several Branagh-directed films, including "Henry V," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Hamlet," "Peter's Friends" and "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein."
Briers also was the voice of rabbit Fiver in the much-loved animated animal feature "Watership Down."
On stage, he was associated with the work of British comic playwright Alan Ayckbourn, playing leading roles in "Relatively Speaking," "Absurd Person Singular" and "Absent Friends."
Born Jan. 14, 1934, in Merton, England, Briers trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
He said he had no desire to retire, but complained in one of his final interviews that the chronic
"The ciggies got me. I stopped 10 years ago, but too late," he told the Daily Mail newspaper last month.
Co-writer of 'Leader of the Pack'
Born George Francis Morton in 1941 in
The Shangri-Las, a girls group from
Besides writing songs, Morton worked as a producer with the Shangri-Las as well as with Janis Ian, Vanilla Fudge and the New York Dolls.
Expert on gambling industry
Bill Eadington, 67, a renowned expert on the gambling industry and longtime author and economist at the University of Nevada, Reno, died Feb. 11 at his home in Crystal Bay, Nev., the university announced. He had cancer.
Eadington was an economics professor in the university's College of Business since 1969 and founded the Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming in 1989. He was inducted into the American Gaming Assn. Hall of Fame in 2011 and honored with a Special Achievement Award for Gaming Education.
Reno gambling analyst Ken Adams said Eadington was the most influential academic in the gambling industry. He said he built the gambling institute "as an academic discipline when no one was taking it seriously."
Born Jan. 1, 1946, in Fullerton, Eadington grew up in Brea. A math whiz, he earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Santa Clara University and a doctorate in economics from Claremont Graduate University.