José Tormo (1960-2001)
José Tormo had a passion for research that allowed him to overcome the inertia of the Spanish academic system contributing decisively to prove, both to scientists and administrators alike, the need that the country had for crystallographic research in Structural Biology. He obtained a permanent position in the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) and, as a member of the National Center of Biotechnology (CNB), was initiating Protein Crystallography in the Madrid Autonomous U. (UAM). He was a remarkable young scientist communicating greatness and strength to all those who met him and had the privilege of working with him. His untimely passing will undoubtedly affect the future of structural biology in Spain.
Colleagues, collaborators and friends of José Tormo will gather at a scientific meeting honoring him on November 19-20th, 2001 at the CNB in Madrid. Information concerning his life achievements and the meeting can be found at http://ibmb.csic.es/J.Tormo.Ignacio Fita and Celerino Abad-Zapatero