Ian Wilmut, Cloning Scientist Behind Dolly the Sheep, Is Dead at 79

Ian Wilmut, the British scientist who led the project that cloned a mammal for the first time, Dolly the sheep, shocking scientists who had thought that cloning was impossible, has died. He was 79.

His death on Sunday after a long illness with Parkinson’s disease was announced by the Roslin Institute, a research center near Edinburgh, where Dr. Wilmut had worked for decades.

Dr. Wilmut and his team announced the remarkable birth of Dolly in February 1997, creating a media frenzy and raising questions about the ethics of cloning. Dolly’s birth to a surrogate mother at the Roslin Institute on July 5, 1996, had been shrouded in secrecy for months.

Dolly, who was named after the singer Dolly Parton, died in February 2003 at age 6 after a brief lung infection. She has been on display at the National Museum of Scotland since 2003.

Dr. Wilmut is survived by his wife, Sara, and three children from his first marriage, Naomi, Helen and Dean. He has five grandchildren.

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