1997 / 2
Edited by Paul G. Mezey,
Vice-President of WATOC, 1990-1996
Electronically distributed by Henry Rzepa,
WATOC Communication Officer
Announcements of the President:
WATOC sponsored a topical meeting June 3-7 in Athens, Georgia. The conference,
in honor of Professor Norman L. Allinger, was titled "Structural and
Mechanistic Organic Chemistry". There were 45 lectures, split evenly between
theory and experiment, and about 200 participants. At the conference
Professor Allinger was presented the 1996 Schrodinger Medal of WATOC.
After extensive consultation with the WATOC Scientific Board, WATOC has
decided to give a young scientist's award on an annual basis. The Dirac Medal
will be given to an outstanding theoretically oriented chemist under the age of
40. Persons who have already received the Annual Prize of the International
Academy of Quantum Molecular Science are not eligible. Any member of good
standing of WATOC may make a nomination for the Dirac Medal. A one-sentence
description of the nominee's accomplishments (maximum 25 words) should be
included. The closing date for receipt of nominations for both the Dirac and
Schrodinger Medals is December 15, 1997.
I am pleased to announce that Professor Nicholas C. Handy will be the
recipient of the 1997 Schrodinger Medal. Accordingly, Professor Handy thus
becomes a Fellow of WATOC and a permanent member of the WATOC Scientific Board.
Professor Handy will present a plenary lecture and receive the Schrodinger
Medal at the triennial conference WATOC '99, to be held in London, August
Henry F. Schaefer III
Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry
University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602-2556
U. S. A.
Phone (706) 542-0364
FAX (706) 542-0406
Professor Norman L. Allinger
is the recipient of the
1996 Schrödinger Medal of WATOC
During a special ceremony at the WATOC Topical Conference "Structural and
Mechanistic Organic Chemistry: A Tribute to Professor Norman L.
Allinger", the 1996 Schrödinger Medal of WATOC award was handed
over to Professor Norman L. Allinger, for his pioneering work in
"Conformation Analysis and ground-breaking research in Computational Chemistry,
leading to the family of Molecular Mechanics computer programs, one of the most
widely used chemistry program systems ever developed."
The Conference was organized jointly by Prof. H.F. Schaefer III, WATOC
President, and Professor Paul v. R. Schleyer, Past President of WATOC,
in Athens, Georgia, June 3-7, 1997.
Reflections on the WATOC Topical Conference Model(l)ing `97,
Erlangen, Germany, Sept. 2-5, 1997
A WATOC topical conference entitled Model(l)ing `97 was held in Erlangen,
Germany, Sept. 2.-5., 1997, at the Computer-Chemie-Centrum and at the
Institute für Organische Chemie of the
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Erlangen-Nürnberg, superbly
organized by a tireless Tim Clark, in collaboration with Paul v. R. Schleyer,
Past President of WATOC.
Major support for the conference was provided by the British Council, the
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, MSI, Oxford Molecular, Springer and Tripos (in
The conference provided an exciting overview of the latest developments in
molecular modeling, with special emphasis on biochemically important systems,
including the major topics of QSAR/Similarity, Computational Methods,
Combinatorial Chemistry, Docking/Ligand Design, Combined QM/MM Methods,
Proteins/Simulation, and Solvation. A special feature of the meeting was the
very large number of contributions from young scientists, a very encouraging
sign for a healthy future of the field of modeling and WATOC. (Paul G.
The Royal Society of Chemistry
Fifth World Congress of Theoretically Oriented
Imperial College, London
1-6 August 1999
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Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1V 0BN, UK,
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