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Paying Tribute to an Inventive Father

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Paying Tribute to an Inventive Father

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Paying Tribute to an Inventive Father

Paying Tribute to an Inventive Father

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An updated version of the crash-test dummy invented by Samuel Alderson. Tim Wright/Corbis hide caption

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Samuel Alderson, who invented auto crash-test dummies, died recently at age 90. He started out creating dummies for the aerospace industry, but after Ralph Nader published Unsafe at Any Speed, he found work in the car industry. His son, Jeremy Alderson, remembers a man who was thinking of new inventions until his final days.