SGML: Memory of Yuri Rubinsky (1952-1996)

SGML: Memory of Yuri Rubinsky (1952-1996)

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From: (M Bryan)
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Subject: The Rubinsky Prize
Date: Sat, 27 Jan 1996 14:19:00 GMT
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The news of Yuri Rubinsky's unexpected death has greatly saddened
those of us who had the privilege to know him.

My memory of him will always be of his tireless energy in promoting
the role of SGML as a tool for the benefit of mankind, especially its
less fortunate members. He saw the advantages that SGML had to offer
for the disabled long before the rest of us, and clearly promoted the
idea of preparing information in a form that would be reusable in the
widest possible number of environments. This work has already borne
many fruits and will continue to be fruitful for decades to come.

Perhaps the best tribute we could pay to Yuri's memory would be to set
up an annual prize for the group that has done most during the past
year to develop SGML-based services for the underpriviledged. I would
suggest that the SGML '96 would be the ideal time and place to present
such a Rubinsky Award, which The SGML Centre would be proud to

Martin Bryan                            E-mail:
The SGML Centre
Churchdown, UK                    Phone: +44 1452 714029

Martin Bryan, The SGML Centre, 29 Oldbury Orchard Churchdown, GLos GL3 2PU, U.K.
Phone/Fax: +44 1452 714029