The Nobel Prize for Medicine was just announced and one of the winners, Dr. Ralph Steinman, died of Pancreatic Cancer 3 days ago.
What can one say, other than this is a cruel irony - that a researcher whose life's work may save hundreds of millions of lives one day - did not survive to see the world thank him.
I would also like to note the passing of Wilson Greatbatch, a prolific inventor whose crowning achievement was the invention of the cardiac pacemaker. He died at 92, having lived a life full of invention. He apparently said that he'd "given up trying to change the world." I doubt those who wear pacemakers would agree.