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Chemistry International
Vol. 23, No. 4
July 2001

Awards and Prizes

Gerard P. Moss Wins Patterson-Crane Award

Dr. Gerard P. Moss

Dr. Gerard P. Moss (Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, Queen Mary and Westfield College of the University of London), a National Representative on the Commission on Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry (III.1), is the 2001 recipient of the Patterson-Crane Award presented biennially by the Dayton and Columbus Sections of the American Chemical Society. The award, given in honor of two previous editors of Chemical Abstracts, Austin M. Patterson and E. J. Crane, recognizes outstanding contributions in chemical information theory or practice.

The award, presented in Dayton, Ohio, USA on 8 May 2001, recognizes Dr. Moss for his international contributions to chemical information science and documentation.

He has been actively involved during the last quarter century with most of the international chemical nomenclature documents published by the Commission on Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry (III.1), the Joint Commission on Biochemical Nomenclature (JCBN), and the Nomenclature Committee of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB). His work in disseminating this information through the World Wide Web is particularly impressive. This online resource for IUPAC nomenclature recommendations, developed and maintained by Dr. Moss, now includes almost all of the organic and biochemical documents and attracted over a third of a million users during the past year.

Other significant accomplishments of Dr. Moss include his revision and systematization of Austin Patterson’s fused and bridged fused ring nomenclature, his service on numerous nomenclature commissions, and the published nomenclature recommendations with which he has been involved.


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