CSA Trust Mike Lynch Award

The CSA Trust Mike Lynch Award is given on a triennial basis, consisting of five thousand US dollars ($5,000) and an appropriate memento. The purpose of the Award is to recognize and encourage outstanding accomplishments in education, research and development activities that are related to the systems and methods used to store, process and retrieve information about chemical structures, reactions and properties.

2008 Award - Prof Alexander Lawson

Sandy Lawson was born 1944 in Dunfermline, Scotland. He is currently the Director of R&D; at Elsevier Information Systems where he is responsible for all new concepts with respect to content products for the company. Professor Lawson has a BSc in Chemistry at the University of St. Andrews (1966), a PhD in Organic Chemistry (Physical Organic) at Imperial College, London and an extra-mural professorship at the University of Mainz since the early 1990s. He has twenty years experience as R&D; Director, first at the Beilstein Institute, then Beilstein Information Sytems and Elsevier MDL. He was an Irvine Medallist in 1966. Since 1990 he has been a member of the IUPAC Committees for Publications, Databases, Structural Representation. He was the creator of the CrossFire concept (1992-4). Sandy Lawson's interests are in Reading Machines in chemistry, bridge and golf.

Sandy will be delivering the keynote address at the 8th International Conference on Chemical Structures.

Previous Recipients

  • 2005 - Prof. Johnny Gasteiger, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • 2002 - Prof. Peter Willett, University of Sheffield