12/23/2013 11:18 am ET Updated Dec 25, 2013

39 Brilliant Scientific Minds We Lost In 2013 That Changed The World Forever (PHOTOS)

The world of science and discovery lost some of its brightest lights in 2013 -- from the second American to orbit Earth to the physiologist who helped create the first test-tube baby to one of the greatest female math prodigies of all time.

Below, find a list of the great minds we lost in 2013.

Note: We haven't included every scientist who died over the past year. If you'd like to suggest another name to the list, please let us know in the comments section.

In Memoriam: Scientists Who Died In 2013