Other Notable Deaths


August 12, 2008


Former Austrian chancellor

Former Austrian Chancellor Fred Sinowatz has died.

The current chancellor, Alfred Gusenbauer, announced the death yesterday. No cause was given.

Mr. Sinowatz took power in 1983 when Chancellor Bruno Kreisky resigned following elections that saw his Socialist Party lose its majority in parliament.

Mr. Sinowatz resigned three years later when Kurt Waldheim was elected to the figurehead post of the Austrian presidency.

Mr. Waldheim won despite accusations that he hid service with a World War II German unit accused of Balkan atrocities, and over the opposition of Mr. Sinowatz's Socialists.

Mr. Sinowatz is survived by a son and a daughter.


Fuel cell pioneer

Geoff Ballard, a Canadian pioneer of the fuel cell industry and an entrepreneur Time magazine once named one of its "Heroes for the Planet," has died.

Mr. Ballard died Aug. 2. The cause of death was not disclosed.

He developed the world's first hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered, zero-emission transit bus. Science World, a science center in Vancouver, British Columbia, unveiled the vehicle in 1993.

In 1979, Mr. Ballard founded Ballard Power Systems Inc., which makes hydrogen fuel cells that are used in materials handling, residential cogeneration, backup power and transportation. He served as chairman of the company until 1997.

In 1999, he started General Hydrogen.

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