PerspectiveRetrospective

Paul G. Allen (1953–2018)

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Science  16 Nov 2018:
Vol. 362, Issue 6416, pp. 752
DOI: 10.1126/science.aav8254

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On 15 October, Paul G. Allen died after a 9-year battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He was 65. Often dressed in a timeless blue shirt and dark pants, the cofounder of Microsoft and investor in myriad domains didn't stand out by appearance; in conversation, he was soft-spoken and reserved. What stood out about Paul was his insatiable curiosity, vision, breadth of knowledge, and generosity. Throughout his life, he focused on identifying big problems and making a difference. His push to move us out of our comfort zone and focus on scientific horizons appearing just beyond reach will be greatly missed.