Mr. Wizard off to that great science lab in the sky

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Don Herbert, better known to generations of children as Mr. Wizard, lost his battle with cancer yesterday. He died surrounded by his family in his Southern California home at the age of 89.

You may remember Mr. Wizard from his show on Nickelodeon that ran in the 80s, but he has been teaching children to love science experiments via television since the 1950s. In 1954 he won a Peabody Award for his show Watch Mr. Wizard.

“He really taught kids how to use the thinking skills of a scientist,” the Associated Press quotes Herbert’s former colleague Steve Jacobs. See NPR for the full story.