Dr. Peter Noerr was a towering intellectual force in the backrooms of the information industry. Quiet, infinitely curious, he created two systems and helped with many more. In his early days in South Africa he automated mining operations. Later he moved to Sweden and then to the UK. He created the TinLib system for IME. After selling that company he became MuseGlobal’s founder a federated search and retrieval system which operates as middle ware in many of the systems we use today. Most recently he was MuseGlobal’s Chief Scientist and Chief Technology Officer. He died of cancer on Friday, March 15, 2013. He remained “Peter” to the end, full of ideas, inventions and improvements — as those who know him will be so familiar with. His technology legacy will continue in the systems he created but also in the thoughts he so freely shared and pondered with others. like me. I met Pete at the Cranfield meeting in 1979. Discussions with the people I met there opened up a whole world of information and options for dealing with it.
For anyone who wishes to honor his memory, Peter requested that a donation be made to the San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation. If anyone wishes to contact his wife Kate Noerr, she can be reached by email or by postal mail at MuseGlobal, Inc. One Embarcadero Center Suite 500 San Francisco, CA 94111 U.S.A.
Marjorie M.K. Hlava, President Access Innovations