Dear CCP4 Community:
I write today with very sad news about Dr. Warren Lyford DeLano.
I was informed by his family today that Warren suddenly passed
away at home on Tuesday morning, November 3rd.
While at Yale, Warren made countless contributions to the computational tools
and methods developed in my laboratory (the X-PLOR and CNS programs),
including the direct rotation function, the first prediction of helical coiled coil
structures, the scripting and parsing tools that made CNS a universal computational
He then joined Dr. Jim Wells laboratory at USCF and Genentech where he pursued
a Ph.D. in biophysics, discovering some of the principles that govern
Warren then made a fundamental contribution to biological sciences by creating the
Open Source molecular graphics program PyMOL that is widely used throughout
the world. Nearly all publications that display macromolecular structures use PyMOL.
Warren was a strong advocate of freely available software and the Open Source
Warren's family is planning to announce a memorial service, but arrangements have
not yet been made. I will send more information as I receive it.
Please join me in extending our condolences to Warren's family.
Axel T. Brunger
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology
Phone: +1 650-736-1031
Fax: +1 650-745-1463