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Which physicists died very young or in a tragic way?

Henry Moseley was KIA at Gallipoli at the age of 27 Alexander Friedmann died at the age of 37 (of poisoning and/or poor treatement). Matvei Bronstein was executed by Soviet communists at the age of 32....
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Which physicists died very young or in a tragic way?

A few more. At the time of their deaths ... Alexis Thérèse Petit was 28 (tuberculosis): known for work in thermodynamics, including the Dulong–Petit law Walther Ritz was 31 (tuberculosis): known ...
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Did Cardano predict the date of his death then commit suicide on that date?

The short answer is that we do not know for certain. Best I could track it down, the story first appeared in print some thirty years after Cardano's death and may well be apocryphal. On the other hand ...
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Where is Alfred Tarski buried?

Not buried, cremated. The urn with his ashes is in a columbarium in Oakland, if I remember correctly - I visited the place in 1990s with his son Jan.
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How did Alfréd Rényi die?

I do not know this for Hungary specifically, but in many Western countries the cause of death is considered a private matter that is not normally mentioned in obituaries. It is at most hinted at in ...
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Which physicists died very young or in a tragic way?

Louis Cartan, son of Élie Cartan and brother of Henri Cartan, was a member of the French Resistance and was executed by the Germans in 1943, when he was 33 years old.
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Which physicists died very young or in a tragic way?

Harry Daghlian, 24 Louis Slotin, 35 Both killed at Los Alamos during separate reckless criticality accidents with the same plutonium bomb core (afterwards nicknamed the "Demon Core"). ...
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Which physicists died very young or in a tragic way?

Karl Schwarzschild died aged 42 from the autoimmune disease pemphigus after returning from the Russian front in World War I. While not as young as many of the examples in other answers, a particularly ...
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Which physicists died very young or in a tragic way?

A famous example of not very young, but still a tragic death is Marie Curie, who died (at 66) of "aplastic anemia from exposure to radiation" while studying radioactivity. I'm guessing she's ...
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Which physicists died very young or in a tragic way?

I think perhaps the closest we can get to a romantic ''Galois figure'' in physics is maybe Henry Moseley. Isaac Asimov argued (probably correctly) that Moseley would have been a very strong contender ...
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Which physicists died very young or in a tragic way?

Bruno Renner known for the Gell-Mann-Oakes-Renner relation died at age 32 in a mountaineering accident. Here is a link to an obituary in German.
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How did Jun John Sakurai die?

J.J Sakurai died from aneurysm in his rented flat in France next to CERN, which he was visiting. His body was discovered on Monday, November 1, 1982, the official date of his death, when he didn't ...
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Which physicists died very young or in a tragic way?

Félix Esclangon died at the age of 51 during a lecture. He got electrocuted while he was performing an experiment with X-rays in front of the students. There is now an Esclangon building at Sorbonne ...
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Which physicists died very young or in a tragic way?

Gilbert Stanley Bogle, born in 1924, was a physicist who worked at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) on the campus of the University of Sydney. Married with ...
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Which physicists died very young or in a tragic way?

Alfred Hill in 1988 at age 29. He was a passenger on PanAM 103, which was brought down by a bomb. https://physicstoday.scitation.org/doi/abs/10.1063/1.2810472
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Which physicists died very young or in a tragic way?

Ettore Majorana, of which the presumed death was in 1938, at age of 32
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Is it true that Hideyo Noguchi had neurosyphilis when carrying out his last experiments in Africa?

In 1928, at may 11 he was diagnosed yellow fever. He felt strange because he had immunity of yellow fever. However after he died, and his blood was injected to a monkey. The monkey was diagnosed ...
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