Obituaries

Patrick Suppes, Stanford philosopher, scientist and Silicon Valley entrepreneur, dies at 92

Patrick Suppes' long career at Stanford began in 1950. As both a philosopher and scientist, he influenced a large number of fields. Drawing on his experience as an army meteorologist, he once compared predicting the weather to economics, both handling a vast flow of non-experimental data. As a successful entrepreneur he was also a leading donor to educational activities at Stanford.


Edwin Good / Chuck Painter

Stanford religious studies Professor Emeritus Edwin Good dies at 86

A Hebrew Bible scholar and piano historian, Edwin Good was known for his literary approach to ancient Hebrew texts and his passion for early pianos.


Memorial service planned for alumnus Dan Ha

Ha, who graduated in 2010 with a degree in computer science, was a co-president of his senior class and went on to co-found StartX, a non-profit startup accelerator intended to help Stanford-affiliated entrepreneurs.


Stanford Professor Emeritus David Nivison dies at 91

A pioneer in the field of Chinese philosophy, Stanford Professor David Nivison bridged the gap between Western philosophical inquiry and traditional Chinese thought.


Harden McConnell, distinguished chemistry professor at Stanford, dies

Harden McConnell made pioneering advances in magnetic resonance and cell biology. Many of the discoveries and techniques attributed to his work have become fundamental parts of chemistry education.


Memorial service and reception for Henry S. Breitrose scheduled Nov. 18

Colleagues described Breitrose, who taught the history of film and film aesthetics at Stanford for more than five decades, as a man "absolutely in love" with film.


Ronald McKinnon / Sunny Scott

Stanford economics Professor Emeritus Ronald McKinnon dies at 79

A leading thinker in the field of international economics, Ronald McKinnon was one of the first academics to analyze "financial repression" as a substantial barrier to successful economic development. One colleague described him as an "intellectual giant" throughout the Stanford community and beyond.


George Knoles

George Knoles, Stanford professor of history, dies at 107

George Harmon Knoles, a Stanford history professor emeritus who taught summer colleges around the world, died Aug. 27.


Martin Perl in the lab / L.A. Cicero

Stanford's Martin L. Perl, winner of 1995 Nobel Prize for discovery of tau lepton, dead at 87

Physicist Martin Perl was part of SLAC and Stanford communities for half a century. "He was so excited to come to the lab," his son said.


Robert T. Schimke / Courtesy Schimke Family

Stanford Professor Robert Schimke, a pioneer in biomedical sciences, dies at 81

Robert Schimke, professor emeritus of biology, discovered several key cellular mechanisms, including gene amplification, which has become a foundation of cancer research and drug development. After a traumatic accident, he became an accomplished painter.