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The event of a person becoming deceased.

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Did Cardano predict the date of his death then commit suicide on that date?

Morris Kline (Mathematics in Western Culture, 1953): It is said that he prognosticated his own death and committed suicide on the date predicted in order to maintain his reputation as an astrologer. ...
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Gábor Szegő burial location

Yesterday I saw Pólya's burial spot in Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto, CA. Actually, it was not a grave but an urn (which gives a new meaning to the term "Pólya's urn model"). ...
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Where is Alfred Tarski buried?

Where is Alfred Tarski buried? He was a famous Polish mathematician. He died in 1983 in Berkeley, California, USA, according to Wikipedia. I tried a search on Find a Grave, but there is no entry for ...
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How did Alfréd Rényi die?

Alfréd Rényi was a Hungarian mathematician who survived a lot, including a forced labor camp, and was very active in the fields of probability theory, number theory, graph theory, etc. Various ...
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Which physicists died very young or in a tragic way?

Inspired by Which mathematicians died very young or in a tragic way? , I wonder which physicists had similar fates. A quick search lead me to Heinrich Hertz who died from a malignant bone condition at ...
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What ever happened to the methylphenidate synthesiser and his family?

Leandro Panizzon 1 2 3 synthesised methylphenidate or something like that back in 1944. Ritalin is named after his wife Rita. He doesn't seem to have a Wikipedia page or anything. What happened to ...
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How did Jun John Sakurai die?

How did theoretical physicist Jun John Sakurai die? The only result from extensive googling is that he died "suddenly" while working at CERN. Does anyone know anything more specific?
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Did Abraham De Moivre really predict his own death?

At the last point of his life, he noted that he slept 15 minutes extra every night then he calculated that he would die on the day that the extra 15 minutes a night accumulated to 24 hours. That day ...
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Is it true that Hideyo Noguchi had neurosyphilis when carrying out his last experiments in Africa?

On the Wikipedia page on Hideyo Noguchi, one can find the following: Possibly his erratic and irresponsible behaviour was caused by the untreated syphilis with which he was diagnosed in 1913, and ...
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Why did Norbert Wiener break off relations with Walter Pitts?

I read on the Wikipedia page on Walter Pitts that Norbert Wiener broke off relations with Walter Pitts, which "sent Walter Pitts into 'cognitive suicide'". Why did Norbert Wiener break off relations ...
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