50 World-changing People -- And 3 Nonhumans -- We Lost In The 2010s
id="article-body" class="row" section="article-body"> This story is part of The 2010s: A Decade in Review, a series on the memes, people, products, http://www.factfaces.com/index.php?qa=user&qa_1=hatfieldhatfield8 movies and so much more that have influenced the 2010s. From Neil Armstrong to Sally Ride, David Bowie to Stan Lee, the world has said farewell to some incredible people in the last 10 years (and a few nonhumans as well). Rather than try to list them all, we've chosen a select group, leaning heavily on those who made a name for themselves in science, space, technology and related fields. They can never be replaced. They can only be remembered.
While we stuck to 50 (humans), go ahead and use the comments to tell us about others who died in the 2010s and are sorely missed.
Steve Jobs introduces the iPad
James Martin/CNET 2011
The co-founder of Apple and chairman of Pixar accomplished a stunning amount in just 56 years, helping to ignite the personal computer revolution, popularizing the computer mouse, putting portable music players into millions of pockets and making the smartphone mainstream. Jobs died of pancreatic cancer on Oct. 5, 2011, almost two years after he opened the decade with the launch of the iPad.
Ritchie was an internationally renowned computer scientist who created the C programming language and made significant contributions to Unix. He was found dead on Oct. 12, 2011, at the age of 70, and had been in poor health for several years.
The automotive designer and race car driver was 89 when he died of heart problems on May 10, 2012.
Pioneering science-fiction author Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles, among many other works. He died after a lengthy illness on June 5, 2012, at age 91.
Sally Ride in zero gravity aboard the space shuttle
National Archives and Records Administration Sally Ride
In 1983, at age 32, she became the first American woman to travel into space, and she remains the youngest American astronaut to make that journey. Ride, who made a second trip into space in 1984, also on the space shuttle Challenger, died of pancreatic cancer on July 23, 2012, at age 61.
Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969, uttering the famous words, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." His previous trip into space was on Gemini 8 in 1966. Armstrong died on Aug. 25, 2012, at age 82 after bypass surgery.