Physicist who explored Big Bang dies tragically
Lange was a physicist at the California Institute of Technology.
Police said Lange checked into a hotel on Thursday and the next morning housekeepers found him dead, apparently due to asphyxiation.
Caltech said Lange recently resigned as chairman of the Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy.
Lange was best known as co-leader of project “Boomerang”, which in 1998 used a telescope, carried over Antarctica by a balloon for 10½ days, to study the so-called cosmic microwave background, a gas of thermal radiation left over from the embryonic universe.
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