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Computer scientist honoured by Microsoft

16 Dec 2008

A leading Manchester computer scientist has been recognised for her work on the application of technology to scientific insight and innovation.

Prof Carole Goble of The School of Computer Science at The University of Manchester was unveiled as the winner of the inaugural Jim Gray eScience Award at the 2008 Microsoft eScience Workshop in Indianapolis.

The Jim Gray eScience award, given by Microsoft External Research, recognises the achievements of a researcher or scientist in the application of computing technology to scientific insight and innovation.

Tony Hey, corporate vice president of Microsoft External Research, said Goble was chosen for the award because of her work to help scientists do data-intensive science.

As director of the UK's myGrid project (, Prof Goble helped create Taverna open source software that allows scientists to analyze complex data sechets with a standard computer.

Hey added that Taverna transforms live. "What used to take two days you can do in a couple hours."

Hey said that Microsoft intended to give out the award - which comes with a $20,000 cash prize - annually.

The judging panel reported that competition was very tough, with Prof Goble up against other international star researchers in e-Science for the accolade.

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Gray, who was a manager of Microsoft's eScience Group, went missing in early 2007 while sailing off the coast of San Francisco. Gray's research focused on eScience - using computers to make scientists more productive.