The American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Information (CINF) has announced winners of its 2002 awards. Peter Norton, who retired from Derwent Publications Ltd., London, received the Herman Skolnik Award, recognizing outstanding contributions to and achievements in the theory and practice of chemical information science. The award was presented at the ACS national meeting in Boston.
Norton was honored for a career devoted to enhancing access to information via systematic indexing. He was responsible for the creation and implementation of the Derwent manual code, chemical fragmentation code, and plasdoc code systems. Later in his career, he was a member of the team that created the Markush DARC topological indexing system used by the French Patent Office. In addition, Norton trained numerous information professionals on the use and underlying philosophy of the various Derwent coding systems.
After graduating from the University of Sheffield, in the U.K., with a B.Sc. with honors in chemistry, Norton took a job as a synthetic organic chemist at a pharmaceutical company. In 1963, he joined Derwent Publications, where he immediately became involved with the design of retrieval systems. He retired in 1995.
Arleen N. Somerville, who has retired from the University of Rochester, was presented with the CINF Meritorious Service Award during the division luncheon at the ACS meeting in Boston. The award recognizes Somerville's service to CINF and her broad impact on the chemical information community over the past 30-plus years. At the luncheon, she shared her vision with others via participation on committees, presentations, and publications.
Somerville's accomplishments range from the production of the first issue of CASSI ("Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index") while at Chemical Abstracts Service to her tireless efforts to integrate chemical information into chemistry curricula during her tenure as chemistry librarian at the University of Rochester. She received B.S. and M.L.S. degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The majority of her career was spent as the chemistry librarian at the University of Rochester. She also served on the ACS Chemical Abstracts, Copyright, and Publications Committees, as well as serving CINF as chair, councilor, and Education Committee chair.
Hong Zhang, Indiana University, Bloomington, will be presented with the Lucille M. Wert Scholarship Award at a Southern Indiana Section meeting this fall. The award recognizes chemists pursuing graduate studies in information, library, or computer science leading to a career in chemical information. The award consists of a certificate and a $1,000 stipend.
Zhang's interest in computer applications in chemistry was triggered during an undergraduate project on a database of crystal parameters. As a scientist choosing an information career, Zhang is determined to be "a scientific information provider who knows the needs of researchers."
The award, established in 1989, was renamed in 1996 to honor the late Lucille M. Wert. Wert was professor emeritus of library administration/chemistry librarian at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She also worked as a technical librarian at the University of Chicago, University of Iowa, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.