Professor Michael Lynch

Professor Emeritus

BSc, PhD, RChem, FInstInfSc, MBCS

Professor Michael Lynch

After obtaining my B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from University College, Dublin in 1954 and 1957, I worked for two years in industry before joining the staff of Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), a Division of the American Chemical Society, in Columbus, Ohio in the USA, in 1961, where I became Head of the Basic Research Department. I returned to the UK in 1965 to become a teacher and researcher in what was then the Postgraduate School of Librarianship and Information Science (now the Information School), a post that I held until my retirement in 1995.

In 1989, I was awarded the Skolnik Award of the American Chemical Society "for pioneering research of more than two decades on the development of methods for the storage, manipulation, and retrieval of chemical structures and reactions as well as related bibliographic information, including generic structure storage and retrieval, automatic subject indexing, articulated subject index production, document retrieval system, and database management."

I was Honorary President of the Chemical Structure Association, which awards the triennial CSA Trust Mike Lynch Award among others.

You can read an appreciation, which was prepared for an issue of Journal of Documentation in 1998 to honour Michael Lynch, following his retirement.