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23 May 2024

Physicist who explored Big Bang dies tragically

Physicist Andrew E. Lange, co-leader of an international team that produced a detailed image of remnants of the Big Bang showing the universe is flat, has died in an apparent suicide. He was 52.

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.