We recently learned the sad news that Peter Norton, former Director of Coding at Derwent, passed away peacefully during the night of 23rd July after being unwell for some time.
Those that knew Peter professionally will remember him as the father of the Derwent coding systems for which he received acclaim through the Herman Skolnik Award in 2002 for outstanding contributions to the theory and practice of chemical information science, and more recently the IPI Award in 2009 for individual contributions towards the advancement of patent information and related disciplines.
I had the pleasure of knowing Peter during my first stint at Derwent in the 1980’s and numbering him amongst my friends during the subsequent years. I’m glad I had the opportunity to know the man responsible for the immense contribution made to patent searchers worldwide whose exacting work is made a little easier by the precise search capabilities Peter’s systems continue to provide for patent information retrieval to this day. On behalf of all of us at Thomson Reuters, I would like to express my sincere condolences to Peter’s friends and family.
Those that knew Peter personally will remember him as a steadfast reliable friend always willing to share his time and stories in good companionship. To the family he leaves behind, he will be fondly remembered simply as a good and loving father. Our thoughts and sympathies are with them at this sad time.