updated 8/26/2009 12:10:55 PM ET 2009-08-26T16:10:55

A retired NASA scientist honored for improving satellite communications technology has died in Ohio at age 82.

William H. Robbins died at a nursing home in the Cleveland suburb Olmsted Falls of complications from a stroke suffered in 2005.

Robbins was part of a NASA team honored with an Emmy in 1985 by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for work on satellite communications. He worked for NASA for 38 years, almost all at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.

The David Bogner Family Funeral Home in North Ridgeville says Robbins died Saturday. A memorial service was held Tuesday.

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