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Heinrich Rohrer, 79, a Swiss physicist who shared the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physics for helping make possible the modern field of nanotechnology by inventing a microscope in 1981 that could readily see individual atoms, died on May 16 in Wollerau, Switzerland.

Boruch Spiegel, 93, one of the last remaining survivors of the 1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising by poorly armed Jewish insurgents against the Nazi German force that occupied Poland, died on May 9 in Montreal. The band of 750 young Jews held off German soldiers for more than a month.

Lothar Schmid, 85, a German chess grandmaster who was the referee for three of the most contentious World Chess Championship matches ever played, including the volatile 1972 contest between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky, which he may have saved by negotiating a truce just as it seemed they were both about to quit, died on May 18 in Bamberg, Germany.

Mary Ward Brown, 95, a small-town farmer's daughter who resumed a literary career 25 years after putting it aside to run the family farm and raise a son, producing award-winning short stories set in the South and a poignant memoir of life in rural Alabama, died of pancreatic cancer on May 14 in Marion, Ala.

Wayne F. Miller, 94, who created a ground-breaking series of portraits chronicling the lives of black Americans in Chicago after serving with an elite Navy unit that produced some of the most indelible combat images of World War II, died on Wednesday in Orinda, Calif.

Leonard Marsh, 80, a former window washer who helped found Snapple, the beverage concern, and was its longtime president and chief executive, died on Tuesday Manhasset, N.Y.

Vernon McGarity, 91, who won the Medal of Honor for braving enemy gunfire to rescue wounded soldiers and destroy German weapons during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II, died on Tuesday in Memphis.

Bernard Waber, 91, the author of such children's favorites as The House on East 88th Street and Lyle, Lyle Crocodile, died of kidney failure on May 16 in Baldwin, N.Y. He wrote at least 33 books, which together sold more than 1.75 million copies, according to his publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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