While poking around for info on an unrelated topic, I stumbled across the website for one Steve Quayle. Lousy with pseudo-science and rife with "facts" of extreme dubiety(God, I love that word!), the site did have one quite interesting department. In a section for obituaries from the science community(which the site tastefully titles "List of Dead Scientists"!), passings are ticked off in reverse chronology starting with the most recent.
However(!), the most intriguing part of all is the fact that after going through the list, I was forced to conclude that my own estimates of the grave physical danger one runs in the lab-coat demographic were grossly underestimated. The percentage of scientists bopped over the head with champagne bottles, shot en-route to the lab, found at the bottom of water treatment plants(note: That happend 20 miles from me! Poor woman.) or just plain 86ed is staggering. Of course, the number of plane-crash related is also alot higher than I expected. Not to mention the number of mishaps (accidental ebola-dosing ) or tragic suicides.
As most here seem quite adept at internet-orienteering and the protocol for linking on this forum was clearly constructed by Rube Goldberg , I'll just suggest looking up the site by Steve's name.
I recommend checking it out(avoid the garbage of the other 99% of the site)as it's an odd and very often heartbreaking glimpse into the lives of some of the people who, unlike the Brad Pitts and Sean Penns of the world, are out there actually trying to help for the betterment* of us all.
* Though I must add that the very first obit I spotted, which included the sentence "Investigators are looking for a connection between the murder of this leading bio weapons researcher and the hepatitis outbreak in Tver, Russia." sounds like the first chapter in a Tom Clancy thriller...or worse, THE STAND!
apologies to brave recon rangers everywhere.