2018-William Pearson elected Fellow to International Society for Computational Biology

Bill Pearson has been elected a Fellow of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB).  He was nominated by a very distinguished computational biologist  and  elected by a very selective group of ISCB Fellows for “outstanding contributions to the fields of computational biology and bioinformatics”.  The selection criteria focus “most heavily on the significance of scientific contributions to the field”.  Bill is one of eight fellows elected this year to add to the current roster of 64 ISCB Fellows.  You can see more about this honor at:



Bill was also elected a Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) a few years back. Bill is the inventor of FASTA  and I particularly want to draw attention to two of his seminal papers:


1)  Rapid and sensitive protein similarity searches.. Lipman DJ, Pearson WR. Science. 1985 Mar 22;227(4693):1435-41. (cited 3320 times)

2)  Improved tools for biological sequence comparison. Pearson WR, Lipman DJ.  Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1988 Apr;85(8):2444-8. (cited 9775 times)

Congratulations, Bill!