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Cryonics pioneer Robert Ettinger dead.

Detroit (US), July 26 (ANI): Robert Ettinger, a pioneer of the cryonics movement, has died at his home in Detroit. He was 92.

Ettinger, who died on Saturday, has had his body frozen and stored at the facility he founded in the hope that medical technology will enable him to live again one day.

Ettinger's body is the 106th to be frozen and stored at the Cryonics Institute, which he founded in 1976, the Gaurdian reports.

"My father devoted himself to doing what he could to enable his family, his friends and others to come back and live again," said his son David.

"Whether he will achieve that nobody knows at this point, but we think he has a good shot," he added.

Ettinger, a university physics teacher, was seriously wounded during the second world war at the Battle of the Bulge and spent years in hospitals. The bone graft surgery that saved his legs inspired his optimism about the prospects of preserving life through technology, a statement from the institute said. .

His son said Ettinger was also inspired by science fiction writings about deep freezing the dead, and expected researchers to make serious progress toward developing the idea.

But when nothing seemed to be happening, he wrote a 1964 book, The Prospect of Immortality, introducing the concept of cryonics.

Ettinger promoted his theory in other writings and appearances on television.

There are now similar facilities for preserving bodies in Arizona, California and in Russia.

Ettinger also established the Immortalist Society, a research and education group devoted to cryonics and extending the human life span. (ANI)

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