Deaths of note from around the world:
Xu Liangying, 92: Scientist and an advocate of democracy in China who was renowned for translating the works of Albert Einstein; once a supporter of the Communist Party, he was banished to the countryside for denouncing Mao Zedong’s purge of intellectuals. Died Monday in Beijing.
Charlotte Smallwood-Cook, 90: Attorney believed to have been the first woman elected as a district attorney in New York state, died Saturday in Batavia, N.Y.
Stefan Kudelski, 83: Inventor of the first professional-quality portable tape recorder, which revolutionized Hollywood moviemaking and vastly expanded the reach of documentarians, independent filmmakers and eavesdroppers on both sides in the Cold War. Died Saturday in Switzerland.
Stephen Simon, 75: Conductor who became a leading specialist in the compositions of George Frideric Handel and who founded musical ensembles in Washington and New York. Died Jan. 20 at a hospital in New York City after a stroke.
Christopher Van Hollen, 90:Career State Department officer who became an authority in Southeast Asian affairs and a leading diplomatic voice during the volatile birth of Bangladesh and father of Rep. Chris Van Hollen Jr., D-Md. Died Wednesday in Washington.
Sherman Cohen, 91: Onetime auto dealer who with his two brothers built a real estate empire of more than 20 residential and commercial buildings across Manhattan. Died Jan. 22 in New York.