The MGMS is saddened to hear of the death of Prof. Robert (Bob) Langridge on November 11th.
Bob, who has died at the age of 90, was a true pioneer of molecular graphics. His PhD work at the University of London was supervised by Maurice Wilkins, and included the first application of a stored program digital computer (the IBM 650) to the analysis of DNA structure. Working in Oxford, essentially as technical support for the strong group of crystallographers located there, he created some of the first images of molecular structures. He was largely responsible for developing methods to display depictions of molecules as solid surfaces rather than ball and stick representations.
Denied a full academic post in the U.K. he moved to California with a chair at the University of California, San Francisco, where he founded the Graduate Program in Bioengineering and created the UCSF Computer Graphics Laboratory.
Bob will be much missed.
(Thanks to Prof. Graham Richards)
The MGMS is delighted to announce that the winner of the 6th MGMS Frank Blaney Award is Dr Matthew Grayson.
Dr Matthew Grayson is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at the University of Bath in the Department of Chemistry. Dr Grayson’s research group are developing new, rapid, high-throughput computational screening approaches to the design of reactions through the use of molecular modelling and machine learning. These methods provide faster and more cost-effective alternatives to trial-and-error experimentation in chemical synthesis. More information can be found on the Grayson group website.
The MGMS committee extends its warmest congratulations to Matt.
Kristaps Ermanis is an Assistant Professor in the School of Chemistry at the University of Nottingham. He was appointed in 2021, having held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of Cambridge from 2017. Originally, he trained as a synthetic organic chemist, completing a PhD at the University of York on the total synthesis of phorboxazole B. His current research at Nottingham is focussed on automation and scale-up of computational methods, enabling large dataset generation and the computational design and discovery of new synthetic reactions.the group website.For more information about Kristaps’ research at Nottingham please visit
The Molecular Graphics and Modelling Society and the Chemical Structure Association Trust are organizing The Ninth Joint Sheffield Conference on Chemoinformatics (#shef2023), taking place at the University of Sheffield from the 19th to the 21st of June, 2023. This three-yearly international conference is very popular, you can learn more here https://cisrg.shef.ac.uk/shef2023/. Registration will open soon! Offers of papers are welcomed on new developments in all aspects of chemoinformatics, more details available on the event website. We look forward to welcoming you to Sheffield in June.