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Johann Gasteiger was born in Dachau in 1941. He studied chemistry at Munich and Zurich universities with a doctoral thesis (1971) on "Mechanistic Investigations into Reactions in the Cyclooctatetrane System" under R. Huisgen. In his post-doctorate studies (1971-1972) he carried out ab initio calculations on carbanions under A. Streitwieser, Jr. at the University of California in Berkeley. In 1972 he transferred to the Technical University of Munich where he developed, along with a group led by I. Ugi, a prototype for a synthesis-planning program. He received his "habilitation" in chemistry in 1978 with a study on models and algorithms for investigating chemical reactions and reactivity. Since 1989 he has been professor at the Technical University of Munich. His main area of research is the development of methods and computer programs for predicting reactions and planning syntheses, for evaluating and simulating mass spectra, and for the three-dimensional modeling of molecules. From 1987 - 1991 he was the project manager for the Fachinformationszentrum Chemie in the implementation of a reaction database based on ChemInform, and in 1991 was awarded the Gmelin-Beilstein memorial medal from the German Chemical Society for his achievements in the field of computer chemistry.

Jure Zupan was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 1943. He studied physics at the University of Ljubljana, where he received his doctorate in 1972 under D. Hadzi with a thesis on the energy bands in boronitrides. Until 1973 he worked at the Josef Stefan Institute in the field of quantum chemistry and the magnetic properties of ceramic materials. Since 1974 he has led a group at the Institute for Chemistry in Ljubljana. His areas of work include chemometrics, artificial intelligence, and the development of expert systems and algorithms for chemical applications. In 1982 he was visiting professor at Arizona State University/USA, in 1988 at the Vrije Universiteit in Brussels, and 1990 - 1992 at the TU München in Garching. For his research work (approximately 150 original publications, 2 monographs, and 3 books) he received the highest Slovenian award for research in 1991. He obtained his habilitation in 1975 and has been Professor of Chemometry at the University of Ljublijana since 1988.

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