ChemSpider's Antony Williams honoured for making science easier for scientists

11 October 2012

Dr Antony Williams, VP for Strategic Development and Head of the Cheminformatics group for the Royal Society of Chemistry has been honoured by Microsoft Research for his outstanding contribution to the field of data-intensive computing, especially for his work on the ChemSpider platform.

Williams received the 2012 Jim Gray eScience Award at a banquet marking the end of this year's Microsoft eScience Workshop in Chicago, Illinois, USA on Tuesday 9 October.

The award - named after Jim Gray, a Technical Fellow for Microsoft Research and a Turing Award winner - recognises innovators whose work makes science easier for scientists.

ChemSpider is a freely available chemical structure database that provides fast text and structure search access to data and links for over 28 million chemicals, from hundreds of data sources. Data on the ChemSpider platform can be deposited, annotated and curated by the chemical sciences community and it is one of the richest sources of integrated chemistry information available online. 

Tony Hey, Vice President, Microsoft Research Connections said: "Antony's selection as the 2012 winner of the Jim Gray eScience Award acknowledges his leadership in making chemistry publically available through collective action. Like the previous five winners of the award, Antony's contributions to eScience have led to the advancement of science through the use of computing.

"I am sure that Jim would be pleased with this year's choice."

Jim Gray eScience Award 2012

Antony Williams receives the Jim Gray eScience Award from Tony Hey at the 2012 Microsoft Research eScience Workshop

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