Timo Hannay

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Timo Hannay
Timo Hannay in 2009
Residence London, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Alma mater University of Oxford,
Imperial College London
Thesis Quantal analysis of synaptic plasticity in the rat hippocampus (1994)
Doctoral advisor Alan Larkman[1]
Known for digital-science.com
Science Foo Camp
Notable awards 2009 Webby Nominee,[2]
2008 Webby Award,[3]
2005 ALPSP Award for Publishing Innovation[4]

(Robert) Timo Hannay is managing director of Digital Science in London, United Kingdom, which provides software and services aimed at scientific researchers and research administrators.[6] He formerly worked for Nature, which, like Digital Science is owned by Macmillan Publishers.

Hannay is a recognized expert on online publishing,[7][8][9] web-enabled science and social bookmarking.[10] He was the publishing director of Web Publishing at Nature Publishing Group, managing Nature.com, naturejobs.com, natureevents.com, Nature Methods and Nature Protocols. In addition to his work at Nature, he is the co-organiser, with Tim O'Reilly and Chris DiBona of Science Foo Camp.[11][12][13][14]

Education and employment[edit]

Originally trained as a biochemist,[15] and neurophysiologist,[1] Hannay has worked at The Economist and as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in Japan and joined Nature's Tokyo office in 1998.[16][17][18] He moved to London in 2000.[19]

Hannay holds a Doctor of Philosophy on the neuroplasticity of the hippocampus of laboratory rats from the University of Oxford [1][20][21] and an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Imperial College London.[22]

Timo Hannay was depicted by Jorge Cham in the Piled Higher and Deeper webcomic titled Nature vs Science vs Open Access.[23]


  1. ^ a b c Hannay, Robert Timo (1994). Quantal analysis of synaptic plasticity in the rat hippocampus (1994) (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. 
  2. ^ http://www.webbyawards.com/webbys/current.php?season=13 13th Annual Webby Awards Nominees and Winners
  3. ^ http://www.webbyawards.com/webbys/current.php?season=12 12th Annual Webby Awards Nominees and Winners
  4. ^ ALPSP awards 2005
  5. ^ Timo Hannay on Twitter
  6. ^ http://www.digital-science.com/about/
  7. ^ Hammond, T.; Hannay, T.; Lund, B. (2004). "The Role of RSS in Science Publishing". D-Lib Magazine 10 (12). doi:10.1045/december2004-hammond.  edit
  8. ^ Hammond, T.; Hannay, T.; Lund, B.; Scott, J. (2005). "Social Bookmarking Tools (I)". D-Lib Magazine 11 (4). doi:10.1045/april2005-hammond.  edit
  9. ^ Lund, B.; Hammond, T.; Flack, M.; Hannay, T. (2005). "Social Bookmarking Tools (II)". D-Lib Magazine 11 (4). doi:10.1045/april2005-lund.  edit
  10. ^ "Read it, like it, list it, share it". Times Higher Education. 6 March 2008. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
  11. ^ "Networking Nature". Der Spiegel. 8 May 2007. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  12. ^ Waldrop, Mitchell M. (May 2008). "Science 2.0". Scientific American: 73. Retrieved 2009-09-20. "Timo Hannay, head of Web publishing at the Nature Publishing Group in London… Meanwhile Hannay has been taking the Nature group into the Web 2.0 world aggressively." 
  13. ^ "Social Bookmarking: Mark It, Manage It, Share It". American Counsel on Education. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  14. ^ "Timo Hannay Profile". Nature Network. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  15. ^ MacDonald, Matthew (2008). Your brain: the missing manual. O'Reilly Media. ISBN 0-596-51778-5. 
  16. ^ Hannay, T. (1995). "Tokyo HIV-contaminated blood product hearing". Nature Medicine 1 (5): 396. doi:10.1038/nm0595-396a. PMID 7585076.  edit
  17. ^ Li, J.; Ning, Y.; Hedley, W.; Saunders, B.; Chen, Y.; Tindill, N.; Hannay, T.; Subramaniam, S. (2002). "The Molecule Pages database". Nature 420 (6916): 716–717. doi:10.1038/nature01307. PMID 12478304.  edit
  18. ^ Schaefer, C. F.; Anthony, K.; Krupa, S.; Buchoff, J.; Day, M.; Hannay, T.; Buetow, K. H. (2009). "PID: The Pathway Interaction Database". Nucleic Acids Research 37 (Database issue): D674–D679. doi:10.1093/nar/gkn653. PMC 2686461. PMID 18832364.  edit
  19. ^ "Timo Profile". Connotea. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  20. ^ Larkman, A.; Hannay, T.; Stratford, K.; Jack, J. (1992). "Presynaptic release probability influences the locus of long-term potentiation". Nature 360 (6399): 70–73. doi:10.1038/360070a0. PMID 1331808.  edit
  21. ^ Hannay, T.; Larkman, A.; Stratford, K.; Jack, J. (1993). "A common rule governs the synaptic locus of both short-term and long-term potentiation". Current biology : CB 3 (12): 832–841. doi:10.1016/0960-9822(93)90217-C. PMID 15335816.  edit
  22. ^ "biographies". GreenLearn. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  23. ^ http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=1208

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