Mike Lynch Award 2008: Alexander (Sandy) Lawson

Sandy Lawson received the Mike Lynch award at the Noordwijkerhout meeting in June, 2008.

This news article was reprinted using content and images from 2008 issues of the CSA Trust Newsletter (Issue 17, page 2, and Issue 18, page 1).

Professor Dr Alexander (Sandy) Lawson graduated from St Andrews University, Scotland, in 1966 with a first class honours degree in Chemistry. He went on to study at Imperial College, London, where he was awarded a PhD and DIC in 1970. He held a number of positions including research fellowships at the Universities of Kent and Mainz, directorships at the Beilstein Institute from 1982 to 1994, and subsequently directorships at MDL. He is currently Director of Research and Development at Elsevier Information Systems GmbH. Sandy has made major contributions to the fields of chemical information handling and chemical structure representation, in particular in the development of the Beilstein database and software (including the famous Lawson Number for indexing chemical structures).

Read Sandy’s article “Chemical Structure Databases: at the Crossroads of Description and Design” that was published in the CSA Trust Newsletter, Issue 17, page 3.

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