Prof. Jean-Claude Bradley, a true open science pioneer, has passed away.
Many people worked with him, he was willing to challenge the status quo and that means a lot of people wanted to be around him - he was one of the earliest scientists to sign up to help Science 2.0 after this first component launched. I don't know how he heard of us, he was just in tune with the broad science community that way.
Everything is numerical here - it makes it possible for people to change their profile names, their column names, article titles, etc. without breaking links. JC's official user number was 62 - but really he was number 3, when you take out me and developers and people who just signed up but weren't researchers and just wanted to comment without captcha - and the 2 before him were people I recruited. His column name was Chemistry Wide Open because that is how he lived science, and he wrote about whatever struck him, just like we all do.
I came up with Science 2.0 and a framework for what the future of science might look like regarding communication and publication and collaboration and participation, but those were really just clever buzzwords at the time. Jean-Claude was living it and he gave me guidance on how to make a difference without making a lot of enemies among the status quo. At a time when everyone in academia was paranoid about someone else stealing their work, JC opened his notebook to the world - you couldn't steal from him, he was giving his thoughts away to all of us. Starting in 2005, UsefulChem championed his Open Notebook Science. His bio page there still proudly displays his featured author status on our site.
So, for most people who will see our logo today and wonder, 'Who is that guy?' well, you never heard of him because he was always off helping science. Once he helped put Science 2.0 on the map, he did numerous other things for people in science and science itself.
Other people will write better eulogies - you can start with Antony Williams, creator of that Science 2.0 favorite, ChemSpider. I'll just say thanks...and GodSpeed to that big experiment in the sky.
- PHYSICAL SCIENCES
- EARTH SCIENCES
- LIFE SCIENCES
- SOCIAL SCIENCES
Subscribe to the newsletter
Stay in touch with the scientific world!
Know Science And Want To Write?
- Your Probiotic Probably Has Gluten
- Mystery Of Morgellons - Disease Or Delusion - Scientific Hypothesis Of Connection With Lyme Disease
- Mummy Madness In The Anatomical Record - All Open Access
- Highest Energy Collisions ? Not In My Book
- The Case Of The Missing Booze: Brits Drink 12 Million More Bottles Per Week Than Previous Estimates
- Risk Management Turned Upside Down
- Researchers Recovered A Dinosaur Foot From A Bird
- "Well, Soon after having sent my previous comment I got a message from Neil Sloane that he had published..."
- "This phenomenon is familiar to market researchers. (I used to be one.) Causes are:  ..."
- "I appreciate the moderate tone - that is welcome (and rather rare, in public forums) - but of course..."
- "The Most Luminous Galaxy Has Been Hidden Until Now http://thingumbobesquire.blogspot.com/2015/05/the..."
- "Yes, I think part of it is the difference of the doctor and the patient perspective.DOCTOR'S PERSPECTIVEFrom..."
- Mood instability common to mental health disorders and associated with poor outcomes
- Depression associated with 5-fold increase in mortality risk for heart failure patients
- Anticipating temptation may reduce unethical behavior
- Deciphering clues to prehistoric climate changes locked in cave deposits
- Vaccines developed for H5N1, H7N9 avian influenza strains