1999 Herman Skolnik Award: In Memoriam - Stuart M. Kaback
Dr. Kaback obtained his undergraduate and graduate education at Columbia University, receiving a Ph. D. in organic chemistry in 1960. He joined the Technical Information Division of Esso Research and Engineering Company at that time, and was engaged in Information Analysis at Esso/Exxon until he retired.
He specialized in patent information, and was a frequent speaker and writer in the field. He wrote a regular column on online patent information in World Patent Information from 1982-1995 and together with Edlyn Simmons completed the article on Patents (Literature) in the 4th Edition of the Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology. He was the founding chair of the American Petroleum Institute's Patent Task Force, and served in that capacity from 1980-90. He has served in an advisory capacity for Derwent, Chemical Abstracts Service, and Questel.Orbit (and its predecessor companies). He was a member of Editorial Advisory Boards of the Journal of Chemical Information and Computer Sciences, CHEMTECH, World Patent Information, and Database. He has served the ACS Division of Chemical Information as Assistant Secretary, Acting Treasurer, Chemtech Representative, Membership Chair, and as a member of the Long Range Planning and Program Committees. He was a member of the ACS Board-Council Committee on Chemical Abstracts Service. He was also one of the founding members of the Patent Information Users Group (PIUG).
He received the 1999 Herman Skolnik Award from the ACS Division of Chemical Information for outstanding achievement in chemical information, in recognition of his leadership and contributions to patent information searching and chemical information searching in general.
Aside from his professional activities he was very active in Temple Beth-El of Cranford, N.J., serving as its President on two separate occasions, Chair of its Board of Education, and in a number of other capacities. His leisure time was devoted primarily to a very wide range of classical music. He participated in singing groups in his school days, and was a member of his temple choir.
He was married since 1955 to the former Marilyn Feldman. He is succeeded by his wife, a daughter, a son, and four grandchildren.