Timo Hannay

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Timo Hannay
Timo Hannay in 2009
Born Robert Timo Hannay
Residence London, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Alma mater
Thesis Quantal analysis of synaptic plasticity in the rat hippocampus (1994)
Doctoral advisor Alan Larkman[1]
Known for
Notable awards

(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.[5][7][8][9][10]


Hannay was educated at Imperial College London where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry.[11][12] He went on to study for a PhD in neuroplasticity of the hippocampus of laboratory rats from the University of Oxford supervised by Alan Larkman.[1][13][14]


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

Hannay is a recognized expert on online publishing,[19][20][21] web-enabled science and social bookmarking.[22] 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.[23][24][25][26]

Awards and honours[edit]

Hannay was awarded the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) award for innovation in publishing in 2005[4] and a Webby Award in 2008.[3]

Hannay was depicted by Jorge Cham in the Piled Higher and Deeper webcomic titled Nature vs Science vs Open Access.[27]


  1. ^ a b 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. ^ a b http://www.webbyawards.com/webbys/current.php?season=12 12th Annual Webby Awards Nominees and Winners
  4. ^ a b ALPSP awards 2005
  5. ^ a b Timo Hannay on Twitter
  6. ^ http://www.digital-science.com/about/
  7. ^ Hannay, T. (2011). "A new kind of science?". Nature Physics 7 (10): 742. Bibcode:2011NatPh...7..742H. doi:10.1038/nphys2109. 
  8. ^ Hannay, Timo (2009). "Walls come tumbling down". Learned Publishing 22 (2): 153–154. doi:10.1087/2009210. 
  9. ^ Timo Hannay's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database, a service provided by Elsevier.
  10. ^ Timo Hannay's publications indexed by the DBLP Bibliography Server at the University of Trier
  11. ^ "biographies". GreenLearn. Archived from the original on 5 July 2008. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  12. ^ MacDonald, Matthew (2008). Your brain: the missing manual. O'Reilly Media. ISBN 0-596-51778-5. 
  13. ^ 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. 
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ Hannay, T. (1995). "Tokyo HIV-contaminated blood product hearing". Nature Medicine 1 (5): 396. doi:10.1038/nm0595-396a. PMID 7585076. 
  16. ^ 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. 
  17. ^ 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. 
  18. ^ "Timo Profile". Connotea. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  19. ^ Hammond, T.; Hannay, T.; Lund, B. (2004). "The Role of RSS in Science Publishing". D-Lib Magazine 10 (12). doi:10.1045/december2004-hammond. 
  20. ^ Hammond, T.; Hannay, T.; Lund, B.; Scott, J. (2005). "Social Bookmarking Tools (I)". D-Lib Magazine 11 (4). doi:10.1045/april2005-hammond. 
  21. ^ Lund, B.; Hammond, T.; Flack, M.; Hannay, T. (2005). "Social Bookmarking Tools (II)". D-Lib Magazine 11 (4). doi:10.1045/april2005-lund. 
  22. ^ "Read it, like it, list it, share it". Times Higher Education. 6 March 2008. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
  23. ^ "Networking Nature". Der Spiegel. 8 May 2007. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  24. ^ 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. 
  25. ^ "Social Bookmarking: Mark It, Manage It, Share It". American Counsel on Education. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  26. ^ "Timo Hannay Profile". Nature Network. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  27. ^ Nature vs Science vs Open Access, part 4, PhDcomics.com