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06/13/2007 11:44 PM ID: 63018 Permalink   

Mr. Wizard Dead at 89

 

Mr. Wizard, aka Don Herbert, a man whom many would claim was the US's greatest scientist, has died in his home at age 89 of multiple myeloma.

Mr. Wizard introduced millions of baby boomers to science on his televised program during the 1950s and 60s. Many of those kids went on to choose careers in the sciences because of him.

George Tressel, a National Science Foundation official, said in 1989 that all the scientists he's talked to cite his early influence, saying that Mr. Wizard taught them to think.

 
  Source: seattletimes.nwsource.com  
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  It's A Shame...  
 
"cite his early influence, saying that Mr. Wizard taught them to think."

It's a shame that thinking is no longer encouraged..
 
  by: StarShadow     06/13/2007 11:49 PM     
  80's also  
 
He had a show on Nickelodeon in the 80's as well, used to watch it every day before going to school.
 
  by: gtg833b     06/14/2007 03:59 AM     
  I used to watch  
 
his show on Nickelodeon before school too! Man thats a bummer he is gone. :(
 
  by: bluraven64   06/14/2007 09:14 AM     
  You will be missed.  
 
I used to watch his show every morning on Nickelodeon also when I was a kid. It was my favorite show in the morning. I learned so many cool things that I never was told in school. We will miss you Mr Wizard! Another great mind has left us forever.
 
  by: slavefortheman     06/14/2007 02:49 PM     
  I too  
 
used to watch his Nickelodeon show all the time, it was one of my favorites. He will be missed, he was a great american.
 
  by: glocksrock   06/14/2007 04:34 PM     
  @StarShadow  
 
Thinking is a sin, didn't you know that/jk ;)
 
  by: Lurker     06/14/2007 07:34 PM     
  dang  
 
i used to get up early so i could watch his show on nick. .. watched him forever on TV. .. this is too bad.
 
  by: elijah4twenty     06/15/2007 06:44 AM     
  I created my first volcano, thanks to Mr Wizard  
 
People in Hawaii are still pissed about that.
 
  by: White Albino   06/18/2007 10:05 AM     
 
 
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