Obituaries

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.


George Spindler portrait / Photo: Courtesy of Rebecca Walker

George Spindler, Stanford professor emeritus of anthropology and education, has died at 94

George Spindler and his wife, Louise, worked as a team in their research, writing and teaching. Together, they revolutionized the teaching of anthropology and founded the field of anthropology of education.


David Halliburton / Courtesy Jyllian Halliburton

David Halliburton, Stanford professor emeritus of English and founder of the Center for Teaching and Learning, has died

Halliburton will be remembered as a dedicated teacher, a sedulous scholar and a skilled administrator who forged new ways of thinking about interdisciplinary studies.


Michael Wigodsky portrait / Photo: Jeffrey Fish

An expert in late Greek philosophy, Stanford Professor Emeritus Michael Wigodsky has died

Michael Wigodsky dedicated his life to elucidating the writings of early Latin poets and later Greek philosophers and shedding new light on the past.


Grigori Mints / Archives of the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach

Stanford philosophy Professor Grigori Mints, a world-renowned logician, has died at 74

Mints' pioneering research created new connections between proof theory and computation – leaving an indelible mark on generations of students and colleagues in philosophy, mathematics and computer science.