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Falmouth Funeral Announcement: MBL Scientist Sent Experiments into Space

Engineer, neurologist, medical professor and Marine Biological Laboratories scientist Steve Highstein died Jan. 22 at age 74.

"Steve sent his toadfish experiment on the inner ear into space twice on the space shuttle missions STS 90 and STS 95." (Patch file photo)
"Steve sent his toadfish experiment on the inner ear into space twice on the space shuttle missions STS 90 and STS 95." (Patch file photo)
Chapman Cole & Gleason Funeral Homes has announced the death on Jan. 22 of
Stephen M. Highstein, 74, of East Falmouth.

From his obituary

"Steve graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York with an undergraduate degree in engineering. He received his Medical Degree from the University of Maryland and his PhD from Tokyo University. He defended his dissertation in Japanese. Steve sent his toadfish experiment on the inner ear into space twice on the space shuttle missions STS 90 and STS 95. He completed a neurology residency at Mt. Sinai Hospital, NY. He was a professor at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO for 25 years. He first came to Woods Hole as a summer scientist in 1973 at the Marine Biological Laboratories. He became a Senior Scientist at MBL in 2009 when he moved his research full-time to Woods Hole. Steve was an avid saltwater fisherman. He loved nothing better than cooking fabulous meals that took days to prepare. He had recently rediscovered woodcarving."

Read the full obituary>.

Memorial donations may be made to Marine Biological Laboratory Office of Annual Giving, Candle House, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543 or visit https://connect.mbl.edu/donate to make an online donation.

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