I just wanted to note a rash of recent deaths of prominent scientists.
Arthur C. Clarke, writer and futurist, died at 90 years old on 19 March 2008. NYTimes Wikipedia
John A. Wheeler, physicist, died at 96 years old on 13 April 2008. NYTimes Wikipedia
Edward N. Lorenz, meteorologist and "discoverer" of chaos, died at 90 years old on 16 April 2008.
A couple of other notable deaths include:
David Gale, UC Berkeley mathematician, died at 87 on 7 March 2008. Frederick Seitz, physicist, died at 96 on 2 March 2008. Astronaut G. David Low died at 52 on 15 March 2008.
Two very different actors also recently died: Charlton Heston and Paul Scofield.