Philip Bourne

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Philip Eric Bourne
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Philip Eric Bourne
Born 1953 (age 60–61)[1]
Residence California
Fields Bioinformatics
Institutions University of California, San Diego, Columbia University, University of Sheffield
Alma mater Flinders University
Thesis Crystal structure analyses : metal complexes of biological interest and the stereochemistry of substituted phonylbicyclooctanes (1979)
Known for Unix for VMS Users (1990),
PLoS Computational Biology,
Protein Data Bank,
Notable awards Jim Gray e-Science award 2010,
Benjamin Franklin Award (Bioinformatics) 2009

Philip Eric Bourne (born 1953) is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Industrial Alliances [2] and a professor of pharmacology at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).[3][4]

He is author of numerous scientific articles and book chapters and editor of the Structural Bioinformatics[5][6] and Pharmacy Informatics[7] textbooks and he is a strong supporter of open access literature and software. His diverse interests have spanned structural biology, medical informatics, information technology, structural bioinformatics, scholarly communication and pharmaceutical sciences.


Bourne was trained as a physical chemist in the mid to late 1970s and obtained his PhD in 1979[1] at the The Flinders University of South Australia. He moved to the University of Sheffield for his Post Doctoral Studies during 1979-1981,[8] followed by a move to Columbia University, New York, in 1981. In 1995 he moved to University of California, San Diego, where he is currently a Professor in the Department of Pharmacology.

He is known for writing the book Unix for VMS Users (1990)[9] and for being co-developer of the Combinatorial Extension algorithm for the three-dimensional alignment of protein structures,[10] together with I. Shindyalov (1998). Since 1999 he is co-director of the Protein Data Bank.[11] He was director of the ISCB (2002–2003). He is a fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association since 2002.[12] He is founding Editor in Chief of PLoS Computational Biology (2005-). In 2007 he co-founded SciVee[13] and has been elected Fellow of the AAAS under Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2011[14] and fellow of the ISCB in 2011.[15] Bourne is an editor of the popular Ten Simple Rules series of editorials published in the PLoS Computational Biology journal.[16] He is an advisor to the project[17] and Associate Director for Data Science at the National Institutes of Health.[18]


In 2010 he won Microsoft's Jim Gray e-Science award[19] and in 2009 won the Benjamin Franklin Award (2009).[20][21]


Bourne has been married since 1983 to Roma Chalupa and they have two children: Scott Bourne (1985-) and Melanie Bourne (1997-).[citation needed] Bourne's interest include motorcycles,[22] flying, and hiking.


  1. ^ a b Bourne, Philip Eric (1979). Crystal structure analyses : metal complexes of biological interest and the stereochemistry of substituted phonylbicyclooctanes (PhD thesis). Flinders University. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ The Bourne lab web page
  4. ^ Philip E. Bourne Ph.D. CV
  5. ^ Bourne, Philip E.; Weissig, Helga (2003). Structural Bioinformatics. John Wiley & Sons. 
  6. ^ Gu, Jenny; Bourne, Philip E. (March 2009). Structural Bioinformatics (2nd ed.). Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 0-470-18105-2. 
  7. ^ Anderson, Philip O.; Bourne, Philip E. (December 2009). Pharmacy Informatics. CRC Press. ISBN 1-4200-7175-0. 
  8. ^ Clegg, G. A.; Stansfield, R. F. D.; Bourne, P. E.; Harrison, P. M. (1980). "Helix packing and subunit conformation in horse spleen apoferritin". Nature 288 (5788): 298–300. doi:10.1038/288298a0. PMID 7432529.  edit
  9. ^ Bourne, Phil E (1990). Unix for VMS Users. Digital Press Newton, MA, USA. ISBN 1-55558-034-3. 
  10. ^ Shindyalov, I. N.; Bourne, P. E. (1998). "Protein structure alignment by incremental combinatorial extension (CE) of the optimal path". Protein Engineering Design and Selection 11 (9): 739–747. doi:10.1093/protein/11.9.739. PMID 9796821.  edit
  11. ^ Berman, H. M.; Westbrook, J.; Feng, Z.; Gilliland, G.; Bhat, T.; Weissig, H.; Shindyalov, I.; Bourne, P. (2000). "The Protein Data Bank". Nucleic Acids Research 28 (1): 235–242. doi:10.1093/nar/28.1.235. PMC 102472. PMID 10592235.  edit
  12. ^ Greenes, R. A.; Madsen, E.; Miller, R. A. (2003). "American College of Medical Informatics Fellows and International Associates, 2002". Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association 10 (3): 281–286. doi:10.1197/jamia.M1326.  edit
  13. ^ Fink, JL; Bourne, PE (2007). "Reinventing Scholarly Communication for the Electronic Age". CTWatch Quarterly 3 (3). 
  14. ^ "Dr. Phil Bourne elected AAAS Fellow under Pharmaceutical Sciences". Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  15. ^ "ISCB fellows". 
  16. ^ Ten Simple Rules
  17. ^ official website
  18. ^ NIH Names Dr. Philip E. Bourne First Associate Director for Data Science
  19. ^ "Philip E. Bourne wins Microsoft's 2010 Jim Gray eScience Award". 2010-10-18. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  20. ^ "Benjamin Franklin Award". Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  21. ^ "The Bourne Commendation: Open Access Evangelist Wins 2009 Benjamin Franklin Award". Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  22. ^ OFL | Philip Bourne | Travel Blog