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Vol. 25 No. 5
September-October 2003

From the Editorimage of Fabienne Meyers

This issue of CI reminds us that for all the technological breakthroughs and futuristic tools we have at our disposal, people matter most to the advancement of chemistry. And, as a number of articles demonstrate, appreciating and recognizing outstanding individuals in the chemistry community is essential to our growth.

Take a peak at the Wire section (in print p.13) to read how IUPAC President Pieter Steyn received the most prestigious award given by the South African Chemical Institute. The award is named for Hendrik van Eck who was given a merit medal in 1969. Naming an award after an eminent scientist is far from original, but it helps amplify the human value of the recognition. Continue to page 14, for a story about three scientists from Africa–B. Abegaz, E. Dagne, and J. Bradley–who have been presented with the Pierre Crabbé Award by the International Organization for Chemical Sciences in Development. Crabbé, the founder of IOCD, was strongly committed to supporting developing countries. Twenty years later, IOCD continues to honor its founder by presenting an award bearing his name–a clear statement that people matter.

In his message to the Chemical Society of Japan as it celebrated 125 years (in print see page 15), IUPAC President Steyn reminded all that "progress in chemistry, or any other science, requires interaction among practitioners, and these interactions are of course individual; groups do not interact, only their individual members interact." Many renowned chemists, including some Nobel Prize winners, were present for the occasion, as well as the Emperor and Empress of Japan. At the event, six eminent chemists were made honorary members of the society.

On page 16, you can read about the symposium recently organized for the celebration of Mostafa El-Sayed's 70th birthday. The success of such an event is no doubt a sign that El-Sayed's influence is widespread and appreciated. Old and young, from far and near, gathered to thank him for his leadership.

Another way to appreciate the influence of people is through interviews or short biographies. A new series starts in this issue of CI that will profile personalities or role models in chemistry. This time, the authors Hargittai and Hargittai chose to portray Nelson Leonard, who was, until not long ago, actively involved in IUPAC.

Finally, and in keeping with our focus on individuals, we thought it would be timely to review the benefits of becoming an IUPAC Affiliate. See page 9, and learn more about the program.

Fabienne Meyers
fabienne@iupac.org
www.iupac.org/publications/ci


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