Tim Samaras, his son Paul Samaras and Carl Young died in the pursuit of science. | DCL

Scientists Who Died in the Line of Duty

Scientists aren't just quiet lab rats in white coats. Many of them put their lives on the line to pursue their passions.

Published On 06/05/2013
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Several of Carl Scheele's discoveries are frequently mistakenly credited to other scientists who came after him. | Wikimedia Commons
An early X-ray of a hand with a ring taken in the early 20th century. | Getty Images
Marie Curie showed how women could contribute to and achieve in the sciences. | Corbis Images
Apollo 1 astronauts never even made it to launch. | NASA
David A. Johnston, taken 13 1/2 hours before the eruption of Mount St. Helens | USGS
Dian Fossey's work with primates earned her the respect of fellow primatologists and the ire of poachers and tourism operators. | Corbis Images
The crew of the final mission of the Space Shuttle Challenger poses for a group photo. | NASA
Space Shuttle Columbia launches for the last time on Jan. 16, 2003. | NASA
Steve Irwin died shooting what would be his final documentary. Philippe Cousteau stepped in to complete the documentary after Irwin's death. | Getty Images