PerspectiveRetrospective

Donald A. B. Lindberg (1933–2019)

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Science  04 Oct 2019:
Vol. 366, Issue 6461, pp. 37
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaz3644

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Donald A. B. Lindberg, influential director of the United States National Library of Medicine (NLM) and unsung hero of medical research and science, died on 17 August. He was 85. Thanks to his vision and leadership, more than a million people a day can use PubMed to look up biomedical information and nearly 150,000 people a day can look up trials on ClinicalTrials.gov. Researchers in artificial intelligence, computational biology, and health care policy routinely use the mapping between hundreds of different biomedical vocabularies and ontologies provided by the NLM's Unified Medical Language System. Many of the current leaders in biomedical computing have been trained by programs funded by the NLM, which Don directed from 1984 to 2015, starting well before big data, precision and genomic medicine, or deep learning for medicine were even recognizable terms, let alone vibrant disciplines of their own.

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