2008 Herman Skolnik Award Winner Announced


Professor Gerald M. Maggiora has been a leader in chemical information and a force of innovation for many years. As a cheminformatics pioneer, solid contributor, practitioner, strong advocate, mentor, teacher, advisor, consultant and a true student of the scientific method, Gerry has worn several hats in both academia and in the industry. His outstanding contributions have had a tremendous impact within and outside the cheminformatics community. Prof. Maggiora has a remarkable breadth of knowledge and unparalleled ability to take ideas originating from seemingly unrelated disciplines, synthesize them, and apply them successfully to important problems in chemical information science. He is the author of nearly 150 scientific papers, and the editor of the book "Concepts and Applications of Molecular Similarity" published in 1990 by John Wiley & Sons, which has become one of the true "classics" in the field.

Prof. Maggiora has made several contributions to the field of chemical information that include: the development of chemical & biological information systems; molecular similarity and diversity analysis; applications of fuzzy set theory; applications of neural networks; applications of computer-assisted decision making algorithms; applications of information theory; assessment of consistency in medicinal chemist’s review; chemistry space analysis and comparing compound collections; directed screening methods; focused screening methods; structure-activity relationships and activity cliffs; and applications of rough-set theory.

Gerry received a B.S. in chemistry (1964) and a Ph.D. in biophysics (1968) from the University of California at Davis. He did postdoctoral work in theoretical chemistry at the University of Kansas and spent 15 years there as a faculty member in the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry. In 1985 he joined what was then The Upjohn Company as the Director of Computational Chemistry, a position he held until 1998. From 1998 to 2003 he served as a Senior Research Advisor and Fellow at the Pharmacia Corporation. In 2003, he joined the faculty of the University of Arizona, Tucson, College of Pharmacy and the BIO5 Institute as a Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences. He serves on several scientific advisory, editorial and grant review boards.

Guenter Grethe, Chair, CINF Awards Committee