And finally

The biography of Peter Willett in this issue started me thinking about other distinguished UK-based contributors who had made a significant contribution to information retrieval. The list below is a personal one, and if you feel that I have missed anyone please do respond.

John H Ashford

Tim Berners-Lee

Cyril Cleverdon

Donald Davies 

Malcolm Dyson

Jason Farradane

Tony Kent

Peter Kirstein

Michael Lynch

Steve Pollitt

Martin Porter

Keith van Rijsbergen

Stephen Robertson

Karen Spark-Jones

Alan Turing

Brian Vickery

Peter Willett

A few of these may not be as well known as others. John Ashford was a highly-respected consultant in the late 1970s and into the 1980s on the subject of text retrieval software running on minicomputers. Donald Davies and Peter Kirstein made significant technical contributions to the development of the technical infrastructure of the Internet. G. Malcolm Dyson was a pioneer in developing a structural nomenclature for organic compounds and made a major contribution to the mechanisation of the Chemical Abstracts Service.

See also the list of Strix Award winners for more notable names

About Martin White
Martin White

Martin is an information scientist and the author of Making Search Work and Enterprise Search. He has been involved with optimising search applications since the mid-1970s and has worked on search projects in both Europe and North America. Since 2002 he has been a Visiting Professor at the Information School, University of Sheffield and is currently working on developing new approaches to search evaluation.

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