Tuesday, 10 November 2009

In memory of Warren DeLano

Many of you will have heard the sad news about Warren. He passed away suddenly on November 3rd. His contribution to science through the development of PyMol is known to all of us.

I only met him once, but I was struck both by his enthusiasm for new ideas and his belief in open source software. He believed that such software was an enabler of science and its development should be supported.

His family are collecting memories and photographs of Warren, and have set up a fund in his memory to support achievements in Open Source scientific software:
Through PyMol and Open Source software, Warren DeLano exhibited the genius and generosity of science at its best. But he still had so much to give. In memory of his passing, we are creating a foundation to ensure that achievements in the field of Open Source scientific software are encouraged, recognized and rewarded. Warren was committed to the development of Open Source programs and how they would benefit humanity by allowing science to flourish in a collaborative environment. Your contribution will help us keep Warren's commitment alive.

Ní bheidh a leithéid arís ann.

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