Other notable deaths

November 19, 2005

Jerre D. Noe, 82, a banking computerization expert who helped develop technology that enabled early computers to read checks, died Nov. 12 in Seattle of mesothelioma. He was the first chairman of the University of Washington's Center for Computer Science and Engineering, and retired in 1989.

Dr. Noe earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, worked on radar research in Europe during World War II and earned a doctorate from Stanford University.

He then joined the Stanford Research Institute and led a technical research project that developed a computer system using checks printed with magnetic ink for Bank of America in the 1950s.

Henry Taube, 89, a chemist who won a Nobel Prize for work that explained the ins and outs of chemical reactions, died Wednesday at his home on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto, Calif., school officials said.

Dr. Taube was awarded the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1983 for research that elucidated chemical reactions in everything from photosynthesis in plants to batteries and fuel cells.

Dr. Taube had taught and conducted research at the university in Palo Alto since 1962.

In February, the science journal Coordination Chemistry Reviews published a special issue honoring Dr. Taube and his work. He held memberships in such organizations as the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters and the American Chemical Society.

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