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From: Axel Brunger <>
Date: Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 1:54 PM
Subject: [ccp4bb] Warren DeLano

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
crystallography program. 

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
protein-protein interactions.

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. 

Sincerely yours,
Axel Brunger

Axel T. Brunger
Investigator,  Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology
Stanford University

Phone:  +1 650-736-1031
Fax:    +1 650-745-1463

Thomas D. Grant
Graduate Research Assistant
Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute
700 Ellicott St.
Buffalo, NY 14203