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Scantron Inventor Dies

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6/28/2012 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Sad day in the world of standardized testing ... the genius who invented Scantron has passed away.

Michael Sokolski -- who co-founded Scantron in 1972 -- died June 13 at the age of 85 ... after suffering from congestive heart failure.

Sokolski didn't just change the world of education ... after WW2, he fought with Polish Forces under the British Eighth Army Command from 1945 to 1947 ... and was honored with the Italy Star and War Medal for his service.

Pencils down.

Michael Sokolski has died.

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Liz    

Sounds like a life well-lived.

817 days ago
17.

shosh    

Only in America, when you are given a 1 in 5 chance of answering correctly and then complain about it.

817 days ago
18.

Vagitarian    

Used to work there designing the scanning machines! RIP!

817 days ago
19.

magica    

Say it ain't so! On the other hand, TMZ is really scraping the bottom of the barrel if it thinks this is news.

817 days ago
20.

Sarah    

They just shared a plane ride back to LAX. That's all.

817 days ago
21.

hijo de perra muerete    

subnormal vete a meterte palos por el culo.

817 days ago
22.

namers    

The comments are more Entertainment than the story.

817 days ago
23.

Ali    

As a math teacher, I can't tell you how many hours the scantron machine has saved me. It is still (low-tech as it is) an invaluable tool that keeps my job easy, especially with over 170 kids each day. Thank you Mr. Sokolski for inventing it. R.I.P. Your invention is still going strong even in the computer age!

817 days ago
24.

arale norimaki    

Why use a number 2 pencil in a scan tron tests

817 days ago
25.

Sam Sunshine     

Good, I hated the test. As a mater of fact, I guessed on all of the question. mother fukr

817 days ago
26.

Rahul Singh    

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817 days ago
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AARONELZY    

RIP to him..gonna miss him
www.snugsmart.com

816 days ago
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minnietx    

Whatever happen to essay questions, so you can see a persons real intelligence. He must have hated writing or essay questions. This makes teachers lazy and non creative.

816 days ago
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Chad Michaels    

"Sokolski didn't just change the world of education ... after WW2, he fought with Polish Forces under the British Eighth Army Command from 1945 to 1947"

Here is the real reason why this man's death is being noted: He's JEW APPROVED.

816 days ago
30.

Aaron Delgado    

Michael Sokolski was quite an icon, as he was the inventor of the scantron, which led to multiple choice, one of my favorites!

816 days ago
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