Obituaries, 5th - 11th of April 2013

Professor Geoffrey Edwards, Paolo Soleri, Margaret Thatcher, Andy Johns & Miguel Poblet have passed away. May their souls rest in peace.


Professor Geoffrey Edwards: September 27, 1925 – April 10, 2013
Eminent British scientist, Geoffrey Edwards, has passed away this week aged 87. A pioneer of IVF treatment, his work led to the first "test-tube baby" in 1978. It estimated that his work is responsible for four million further births, and he was honored with the 2010 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. Other gongs include the Albert Lasker Clinical Medical Research Award and the Doctor Honoris Causa from Valencia University in Spain. In 2011, he received a knighthood. Edwards was born in Batley, U.K., and served in the army before attending the universities of Bangor, Edinburgh and Cambridge. He is survived by his wife, five daughters and 12 grandchildren.

Paolo Soleri: June 21, 1919 – April 9, 2013
Italian-American architect, Paolo Soleri, has passed away. He was 93. Born in Turin, Italy, Soleri went on to achieve the highest honors in architecture from the city's university before briefly moving to America in the late 1940s where one of his designs was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art. Returning to Italy in 1950, Soleri developed his skills further and in 1956 permanently located to the U.S. He established the world-renowned Cosanti Foundation and in 2006, was awarded the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award. Six years earlier he was honored with the Leone d'oro lifetime achievement award. Others included the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal and the Silver Medal of Architecture from the Academy of Paris. Soleri is survived by two daughters and two grandchildren.

Margaret Thatcher: October 13, 1925 – April 8, 2013
Former U.K. Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, passed away this week aged 87. The last years of her life had been plagued by dementia. Thatcher was not only the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century, but also the first female to have held the post. Born in Grantham, Thatcher went on to attend Oxford University and led a career in science, then law, before turning to politics. She was elected to the top spot in 1979. Considered one of the most divisive leaders in history, she is loved by some as the saviour of the economy of 1980s Britain, and loathed by others for her tough stance on trade unions and public spending. Thatcher, whose nickname was the "Iron Lady," was ousted by her own party, the Conservatives, in 1990. She is survived by a son and daughter.

Andy Johns: May 20, 1950 – April 7, 2013
English record producer Andy Johns passed away this week at the age of 61. Born in Surrey, U.K., Johns' big break came when he secured the position of second engineer working on recordings by Jimi Hendrix. Johns' career was to span four decades, during which time he produced albums for such legends as Rod Stewart, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. Two of his sons went on to become musicians. Evan Johns drummed for the band, Hurt, while one of his two brothers, Will, is a singer and guitarist. Johns is survived by his wife, three sons, four grandchildren, a brother and a sister.

Miguel Poblet: March 18, 1928 – April 6, 2013
Renowned Spanish cyclist Miguel Poblet has passed away at the age of 86. In a sporting career that spanned nearly 20 years, Poblet notched up more than 200 wins. He was born in Barcelona and was encouraged by his father, who owned a bike shop, to take up cycling from an early age. He turned professional at only 16 and in 1955 was included in his national team for the Tour de France. His success in the competition was instant and he was the first Spaniard to wear the legendary yellow jersey. Poblet became known by his nickname, "the yellow arrow." His many victories included twice winning the races Milan-San Remo and Volta a Catalunya and three times taking the Spanish Mountain championships.

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