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Mother of the Hubble: Tributes paid to Nasa scientist

Mother of the Hubble: Tributes paid to Nasa scientist

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Tributes are being paid to Dr Nancy Grace Roman, the first woman to hold an executive position at the US space agency Nasa. Dr Roman was known as "Mother of the Hubble" for her work on the early stages of the Hubble Space Telescope. Nasa said her most important legacy was the advancement of women in the sciences and the generations of young scientists she inspired. She died in Maryland on Wednesday at the age of 93. Stars' tears over space-race drama How black women first started working for Nasa Dr Roman was fascinated by the clear night skies of her childhood home in Nevada from a very early age. She joined an astronomy club when she was just 11 and her passion for stargazing continued throughout her life. But the young Dr R...
'Whenever I was with him, you could feel the positive vibes' – tributes to Samuel

'Whenever I was with him, you could feel the positive vibes' – tributes to Samuel

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Former Aston Villa and Bolton defender Jlloyd Samuel has been praised as a selfless, honest and positive friend after he died aged 37 in a car crash.Samuel, most recently player-manager of non-league side Egerton, died in an accident in Cheshire on Tuesday.A minute's applause was held at Villa Park before the Championship play-off second leg match between Villa and Middlesbrough. The supporters sang "there's only one Jlloyd Samuel" during the tribute.Ex-Wigan and West Brom striker Nathan Ellington, who played with him at Egerton, told BBC Sport: "It is gut-wrenching, he was an amazing guy. He did so much. He had a positive effect on people's hearts.Ex-Villa defender Samuel dies in crash"I saw...
George Michael's family ask fans to remove tributes

George Michael's family ask fans to remove tributes

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George Michael's family has asked fans to remove tributes from the late star's former homes, saying he "would not want to disturb" the neighbours.Fans of the Faith singer have created memorial areas filled with flowers, messages and candles outside his former homes in Highgate, London, and Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.Michael, who sold 120 million records during his career as a solo artist and member of Wham!, died in his Oxfordshire home on Christmas Day 2016.Michael's sisters Mel and Yioda Panayiotou, his father Jack Panos and friend David Austin wrote on the pop icon's official site: "We've been touched by your many tributes celebrating and remembering Yog, reminding us how very much he is missed and loved."The statement reads: "We feel we cannot expect our Highgate and Goring neighbou...
Graham Norton leads tributes to Dale Winton

Graham Norton leads tributes to Dale Winton

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceGraham Norton has led tributes to TV and radio presenter Dale Winton, who has died at the age of 62.Norton paid tribute, thanking him for the "the best bit of showbiz advice I ever got - don't quit the hit!"The former Supermarket Sweep host died at his home on Wednesday, his long-term agent Jan Kennedy said.Winton spent nearly a decade hosting the ITV daytime hit but also hosted the BBC's lottery show In It To Win It and game show Hole In The Wall.Friend and fellow TV presenter Davina McCall described him as a "lovely, warm, kind, sensitive, generous soul with a touch of naughty!"Comedian David Walliams said he was "heartbroken" to hear of the death of his friend.Winton's agent did not give details on the cause of death but said: "While we know m...
Stephen Hawking: Tributes pour in for 'inspirational' physicist

Stephen Hawking: Tributes pour in for 'inspirational' physicist

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceScientists, politicians and actors have paid tribute to world renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, who has been called an "inspiration to millions".The British scientist, famed for his work on black holes, died peacefully at his home in Cambridge aged 76.Astronomer Royal Lord Rees, one of the world's most eminent scientists, described his life as a "triumph".Others described him as a "unique individual" whose death "has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake".Prof Hawking was diagnosed with a rare form of motor neurone disease at the age of 21 and was told he had only a few years to live.He was known for his theories on black holes and relativity and went on to publish several popular science books including A Brief History of Time.The University...