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Maarten Schmidt, first astronomer to identify a quasar, dies at 92

In 1963, Maarten Schmidt became the first astronomer to identify a quasar — a small, intensely bright object several billion light-years away, and in the process upended standard descriptions of the universe and revolutionized ideas about its evolution.

Darrell Mudra, successful coach at all levels, dies at 93

Mudra's nickname was “Dr. Victory” because of his success at every level, coaching all his college games from the press box instead of on the sidelines. He won the College Division national title at North Dakota State in 1965 and the Division II championship at Eastern Illinois in 1978.

Saul Kripke, philosopher who found truths in semantics, dies at 81

Saul Kripke, a math prodigy and pioneering logician whose revolutionary theories on language qualified him as one of the 20th century’s greatest philosophers, died on Sept. 15 in Plainsboro, New Jersey. He was 81.

Nick Holonyak Jr., who made an LED breakthrough, dies at 93

Nick Holonyak Jr.'s development in 1962 of the first practical visible-spectrum light-emitting diode, or LED, proved a breakthrough that now has countless practical applications, including lightbulbs, mobile phones, TV sets, and microscopic surgical equipment.

Eric Jackson, virtuosic jazz announcer on Boston radio, dies at 72

Known as the dean of Boston jazz radio, Mr. Jackson was on the air for more than 50 years. He had a singular position as arguably the most lasting and important voice for jazz fans in a city with a storied jazz history.

John Train, Paris Review cofounder and Cold War operative, dies at 94

Mr. Train died on Aug. 13 at a hospital near his summer home on Islesboro Island in Maine, Nina Train said. He was 94.

John W. O’Malley, leading Catholic historian, dies at 95

A Jesuit scholar who had a significant depth of learning, clarity of prose and analytic prowess, the Rev. John W. O’Malley studied topics as divergent as late-medieval rhetoric and the lasting impact of the Second Vatican Council, which earned him a reputation as the dean of Catholic historians.


Maury Wills, base-stealing shortstop for Dodgers, dies at 89

Mr. Wills had 2,134 hits and 586 stolen bases during his 14-year career.