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November 17, 2009

Warren DeLano

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Posted by Derek

I've been remiss in not mentioning this, but I just found out recently that Warren DeLano (the man behind the excellent open-source PyMOL program) passed away suddenly earlier this month. He was 37 - another unfortunate loss of a scientist who had done a lot of fine work and was clearly on the way to doing much more.

I notice that as I write this I have a PyMOL window open on my desktop; I use the program regularly to look at protein structures. Si monumentum requiris, circumspice.

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1. FormerMolecModeler on November 17, 2009 9:29 AM writes...

Tragedy. He was a great guy.

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2. befuddled on November 17, 2009 9:42 AM writes...

Truly a tragedy. He was so young and so dedicated to enriching the scientific (and free software) commons.

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3. Anonymous on November 17, 2009 6:11 PM writes...

Very tragic
I've been around modeling since the beginning and PyMol is a huge contribution to the field. Very sad.

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4. Anonymous on November 17, 2009 6:11 PM writes...

Very tragic
I've been around modeling since the beginning and PyMol is a huge contribution to the field. Very sad.

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5. Evorich on November 18, 2009 5:31 AM writes...

A sad loss. It can't be underestimated how important pymol has been in communicating structural biology and computational chemistry to chemists.

I heard (but not sure this is true) that his famly are trying to set up a trust to support keeping pymol as open access.

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6. Sili on November 20, 2009 7:46 PM writes...



As if I didn't feel as a waste of space already.

I saw the notice on P212121 and the thank you from his family, but I' afraid I didn't know of him before. Nor of PyMol.

It isn't much, but he indeed has left a monument, that will lend him some semblance of immortality.

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7. Jonadab the Unsightly One on November 23, 2009 11:09 AM writes...

Indeed. Take this opportunity to remind yourself that if there's something you'd like to accomplish while you're here, you'd best be working on it. We never know exactly how much time we have in this world.

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8. knewhim on November 23, 2009 5:30 PM writes...

I worked with Warren in Redwood City, back around 2000, great guy. Strange how 2 from Sunesis (Braistead) died so young.

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