* Wolfgang Paul, 80, who won the Nobel Prize in physics for developing a technique for isolating ions and electrons, died yesterday of heart failure at his home in Bonn, Germany. He was director of nuclear physics research at Bonn University from the 1950s through 1980. He studied physics and engineering at the Technical College in Munich and completed his doctorate degree at the Technical University of Berlin in 1939. During World War II, he was part of a team that researched isotope separation, a method for producing fissionable material for an atomic bomb. He later became an opponent of Germany's possessing nuclear arms. After World War II, he was a guest professor in Goettingen in 1950, and in 1952 took over as director of the Physics Institute at Bonn University. In 1989, he was named winner of the Nobel Prize in physics along with Americans Norman F. Ramsey and Hans Dehmelt. He was cited for being the first to develop a method to isolate ions and electrons. The "Paul Trap" permitted physicists to hold the particles long enough to study them with precision.
Yevgeny Gabrilovich, 95, one of the fathers of Russian cinema and founder of the national screenwriting school, died Monday in Moscow. His best-known movies were about Soviet leader Vladimir I. Lenin and included the films "Kommunist," "Lenin in Poland" and "Tales about Lenin."
Tom Yellowtail, 90, the eldest of eight Crow Indian sun dance chiefs, died Nov. 24 of a heart attack in Billings, Mont. He was one of the American Indian spiritual leaders at the 1993 Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago. He traveled the United States, Canada and Europe performing sacred ceremonies.