Benoit Mandelbrot, RIP OCT 15 2010
Nothing in the news media yet, but many folks on Twitter and colleague Nassim Taleb are reporting that the father of fractal geometry is dead at age 85. We're not there yet, but someday Mandelbrot's name will be mentioned in the same breath as Einstein's as a genius who fundamentally shifted our perception of how the world works.
Update: The NY Times has confirmation from Mandelbrot's family. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer.