In Memoriam: Doris Lessing and Frederick Sanger, Nobel Laureates, Die in Their 90s

Southwestern Law School

Myrna Raeder
November 25, 2013


Doris Lessing, the prolific novelist who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2007, died in London on November 17. She was 94. Much of her childhood was spent in Southern Rhodesia, and some of her early novels, like The Grass Is Singing and Martha Quest, are set in Africa.

Frederick Sanger, who had the rare distinction of winning two Nobel Prizes, both in chemistry, died on November 19 in Cambridge, England. He was 95. He did his early research at the University of Cambridge.

Myrna Raeder, who was on the faculty of Southwestern Law School, in Los Angeles, for nearly 35 years, died of breast cancer on November 16. She was 66. Ms. Raeder, an expert on evidence, was an early advocate for women in the law profession.

Ben Taskar, a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Washington, died of an apparent heart attack on November 17. He was 36. This past spring he joined Washington from the University of Pennsylvania as one of several hires in data analytics.

Suzanne M. Bianchi, a professor of sociology at the University of California at Los Angeles, died on November 4 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She was 61. She is known for her books and articles describing how much time working parents spend with their children and on housework.