In Memoriam Jean-Claude Bradleyexternal image jean-claudebradley.ashx


Jean-Claude is missed by friends and colleagues around the world, some of whom never had the chance to meet him in meatspace. It seems entirely fitting that we gather here, on a publicly editable wiki, to remember him.

Blog posts and other public memorials:

Drexel Chemistry Department: Mourning Jean-Claude Bradley
Anthony Williams: In Memory of Jean-Claude Bradley
Egon Willighagen: Jean-Claude Bradley, Blue Obelisk Award Winner
Christina Pikas: RIP Jean-Claude Bradley
Christoph Steinbeck: In Memory of Open Science Pioneer Jean-Claude Bradley
Hank Campbell: R.I.P. Jean-Claude Bradley
Joe Kraus: Remembering Dr. Jean-Claude Bradley
Graham Steel TED Fellowships – Open Science
Peter Murray-Rust: Jean-Claude Bradley: Hero of Open Notebook Science; it must become the central way of doing science
Sean Ekins: The Measure of the Man
Tannis Morgan: RIP Jean-Claude Bradley, Open Innovator
Cameron Neylon: Remembering Jean-Claude Bradley
Kiyomi Deards: A Tribute to Jean-Claude Bradley, Chemist, Open Science Proponent, A True Gentleman
Drexel Student Newspaper: Chemistry department grieves professor death
Rina Shaikh-Lesko: Open Science Evangelist Dies
Noel O'Boyle: In memory of Jean-Claude Bradley
Henry Rzepa: Jean-Claude. Showing us all a different way of sharing science.

Memorial Service

A memorial service was held Saturday June 28 at 6:00 p.m. Boulevard SDA Church, 8441 Roosevelt Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19115.

Symposia in Memoriam of Jean-Claude Bradley

Jean-Claude Bradley Memorial Symposium. July 14, 2014. Cambridge University, UK. Feel free to contact Antony Williams (tony27587<at>gmail.com), Peter Murray-Rust (pm286<at>cam.ac.uk), or Andrew Lang (asidlang<at>gmail.com). Speakers.

International seminar, workshops and Open Science work group meeting. August 18-22, 2014. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. For more information contact Cameron Neylon (cameronneylon<at>gmail.com). Jean-Claude was scheduled to speak at this meeting.

Memorial Service

The Department of Chemistry at Drexel University will host a memorial service to honor the life of Associate Professor Jean-Claude Bradley, PhD
Monday, September 8, 2014, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM in the Paul Peck Alumni Center, 32nd & Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104. For more information contact Ira Taffer (imt26<at>drexel.edu)

Joint Special Issue (Journal of Cheminformatics and Chemistry Central Journal) Celebrating Jean-Claude's work. For more information contact Antony Williams (tony27587<at>gmail.com) or Andrew Lang (asidlang<at>gmail.com)

ACS Session Dedicated to Jean-Claude Bradley. August, 2015. Boston, MA, USA. For more information contact Antony Williams (tony27587<at>gmail.com) or Andrew Lang (asidlang<at>gmail.com)


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Personal notes, remembrances, etc.

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(I think it would have amused Jean-Claude to be remembered also as Horace Moody, his feline Second Life avatar.)

I met Jean-Claude in person at Science Online 2008, though we had been conversing online for a while before that. I don't actually remember how our first conversation started, but it was certainly the result of Jean-Claude's outreach in Open Science. I remember describing him as "intense"; he was inspiring, his passion for openness clear and infectious. I was privileged to work with him on the Open Notebook Solubility Challenge-- also hosted on wikispaces, which is what made me think of building this memorial here (thanks to William Gunn for the idea). Jean-Claude liked to use free, public tools in order to lower the barrier to entry as far as possible; he told me once that if he did his job right, the whole world could help mentor his students. (He also liked to say that there are no facts, only observations embedded in assumptions -- something I've found myself quoting repeatedly over the years.)

Jean-Claude looked forward to a transparent, real-time, seamlessly collaborative infrastructure for science, the cornerstone of which he called Open Notebook Science-- a self-explanatory term if ever there was one. He was a visionary who saw a better future, and a pioneer who worked to make that future a reality. He will be profoundly missed.

-- Bill Hooker





After I stumbled upon Open Access late 2006, I became aware of something bigger. Open Science. Most probably via social media, I found out about The Synaptic Leap and reached out to them. It was around that time that I came across Jean-Claude and the practice of Open Notebook Science, a term that he coined. He was ahead of his time in this regard but others followed in his footsteps.

We only met once at Science Blogging, London in 2008 after spotting him the audience sitting next to Cameron Neylon. We had a chance to talk down the pub after it and to this day, wish we had talked for longer.

In 2009 sparked by a thread on FriendFeed started by Bill Hooker, collectively, we nominated Jean-Claude for a TED Fellowship.

He was a true inspiration whose pioneering work has made a profound effect with regards to opening the way we do science who will be greatly missed.

-- Graham Steel



Jean-Claude and I had a very special personal and professional relationship. It is with great sadness that I am learning of his passing, as there was no one who knew us together that would know to call. Most of us knew Jean-Claude as a scientist, but I was very fortunate to know him as a friend outside of the lab. He was funny, smart, witty, gentle, and kind. He cared so deeply about the world and the impact that open notebook science could have on the far reaches of the underdeveloped world. He cared so deeply about animals, especially cats. He loved listening to Howard Stern. He loved sushi. He loved riding his bike and being in nature. He was one of the greatest friends I have had, and I really am going to miss him. There is so much more that I could say about him, but he and I both knew and know that our relationship was off the record. We have lost a great man.

---Beth Ritter-Guth


I met Jean Claude in 2006 at a leadership program for IT and Library staff. He introduced us all to wikis for our team work on Maverick College and I've never gone back. He was deeply passionate about open science and had a wry viewpoint on the pretensions of the world. We didn't stay in touch but his lessons on being open have stayed with me. The mark of a true visionary and teacher. Goodbye, JC, and thank you.

--Carole Meyers



I got a chuckle out of the Horace Moody picture. I remember Jean-Claude convincing me to join in on a Second Life chemistry discussion and going through all the downloads and setup and thinking it was more than a little bit strange to be trying to type fast enough to have a conversation with a catlike person! Jean-Claude was always willing to try anything to do science better and his passion and enthusiasm dragged a number of us with higher energy barriers over the hump. The thing that always impressed me the most about him was that he was completely unafraid of ALL the implications of doing science in the open. To venture into the unknown is guarantee a significant amount of failure. Doing science in the open means that those failures are there for all to see and some of them are going to be silly and stupid. It takes a great deal of courage and integrity to accept that as a necessary price to pay for finding a way to do science better and I will always remember Jean-Claude as someone who not only willingly paid that price, but did so with enthusiasm and a joyful spirit of adventure.

--Daniel Zaharevitz


This morning my mind was wandering a bit and I began thinking about my high school chemistry teacher and then his son - Jean-Claude Bradley...I first met JC in the mid '80's when he was at ES Hanmer. Even then we all appreciated that, although a bit quirky, he was by far and away the sharpest tool in the shed. Though we didn't really move in the same circles in high school, I remember him as always an immensely personable and happy guy. I never did keep up contact with JC, and for this I am deeply saddened.

I hope and pray that he is in a better place now and that his work continues in his memory.

--Sean S Young, PhD, Vancouver, BC, CAN