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Physicist Who Helped World See First Moon Walk Dies



    Physicist Who Helped World See First Moon Walk Dies
    In this April 25, 1979, file photo, Dr. Ernest Sternglass, a professor of radiological physics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, talks about the dosimeters worn by workers and newsmen during the crisis at Three Mile Island, in Pittsburgh. Sternglass, whose research helped make it possible for the world to see the first moon walk, has died at age 91 of heart failure. Sternglass died Feb. 12, 2015, in Ithaca, N.Y., Cornell University said.

    A physicist whose career was highlighted by research that helped capture moving images of the first moon walk has died. Ernest Sternglass was 91.

    Cornell University says Sternglass died Feb. 12 of heart failure in Ithaca, New York.

    Sternglass corresponded early in his career with Albert Einstein, who encouraged him to pursue applied physics over theoretical research.

    Cornell says Sternglass' research helped lead to a sensitive television camera tube that captured low-light lunar action during the 1969 moon landing. He also performed pioneering work in digital X-rays.

    He worked on medical imaging for many years at the Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

    Sternglass fled Nazi Germany with his family in 1938. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Cornell, as well as his doctorate.