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Tom Tombrello dies at 78; longtime Caltech physics professor
Tom Tombrello dies at 78; longtime Caltech physics professor

Tom Tombrello, a Caltech physics professor for more than 50 years and an inspiration for freshmen who had to grapple with diabolically complex riddles to enter his legendary class on scientific thinking, has died. He was 78. Tombrello collapsed Tuesday on a bus between terminals at London's Heathrow airport, his wife, Stephanie, said. The cause of his death has not yet been determined. As a researcher, Tombrello was known for his work in low-energy nuclear physics, but he delved into many other fields. One of his latest passions involved the biogenetics of cancer — an area of special interest following the 2008 death from pancreatic cancer of his daughter Kerstin Arusha. ...

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