The Warren L. DeLano Memorial Award for Computational Biosciences

Warren DeLano passed away suddenly and at a young age at his home Nov 3, 2009. He was the author of PyMol, a very popular molecular visualization program, and a strong advocate of open source software. The family of Warren Lyford DeLano has created a “In Memorium” page and blog. Also, a memorial award is being set up in his name, as per this email circulated on various mailing lists.

Dear friends and colleagues:

It’s now been over a week since Warren has passed away.  We are trying to
move toward a permanent way to honor Warren’s memory and what
he stood for: Open Source Computational Biosciences and molecular
visualization. To do this, Jim Wells and I put together a mission statement
with the approval of Warren’s family:
The Warren L. DeLano Memorial Award for Computational Biosciences

This award shall be given to a top computational bioscientist in
recognition of the contributions made by Warren L. DeLano to creating powerful
visualization tools for three dimensional structures and making them freely accessible.
The award, accompanying lecture, and honorium will be given annually in the context of a
national bioscience meeting or a Bay Area gathering of
computational bioscientists at Stanford, UCSF or UC Berkeley. For the award special emphasis
will be given for Open Source developments and service to the bioscience community.
The award selection committee, consisting of experts in the computational and
biological sciences, will accept nominations from anyone.
To make something like this happen in perpetuity would take about ~100K for
the endowment.

For donations, Warren’s family has set up a tax deductible fund:

Silicon Valley Community Foundation
memo:  Warren L. DeLano Memorial Fund
2440 West El Camino Real, Suite 300
Mountain View, CA 94040
tel: 650.450.5400

We hope that you’ll consider making a contribution (not matter
how small) in Warren’s honor.  Also, please forward this message
to anybody who might be able be willing to contribute.

Best regards,

Axel T. Brunger
Investigator,  Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology
Stanford University

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