Steve R Heller

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Stephen (Steve) R. Heller (Born in New York City in 1943) is a retired chemist who worked for a number of US Government agencies for over 3 decades.

Steve, in the first class to graduate from SUNY - Stony Brook, received his BS in Chemistry in 1963 and his PhD from Georgetown University in 1967.

He is currently a guest researcher at NIST working on the IUPAC InChI chemical identification and the NIH/EPA/NIST mass spectrometry projects.[1] Among Steve's accomplishments are the NIH/EPA Chemical Information System,[2] the SciWords series of scientific spell checkers, the IUPAC International Chemical Identifier (InChI)[3] and chairing the well known Plant & Animal Genome (PAG) conference, which he initiated in 1992.

Steve, an IUPAC Fellow, is the recipient of the ACS Columbus and Dayton, Ohio Sections Patterson-Crane Award 2015, the CSA Trust Mike Lynch Award 2014 (with Alan McNaught, Igor Pletnev, Steve Stein and Dmitrii Tchekhovskoi) and is an ACS/CINF 2000 Herman Skolnik Awardee (with Bill Milne).

Steve has been and remains on the editorial and advisory boards of a number scientific journals and was the Software Review Editor for the ACS Journal of Chemical Information and Computer Sciences (JCICS); now the ACS Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling (JCIM), 1987 – 2016.

Steve is also a member of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), 1985 – present; the Society of Sigma Xi (Life Member) ; the American Chemical Society (ACS) (Emeritus) and the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) (Emeritus).


  1. S. R. Heller, Conversational Mass Spectral Retrieval System and its Use as an Aid in Structure Determination, Anal. Chem., 1972, 44, 1951-1961.
  2. G. W. A. Milne and S. R. Heller, The NIH/EPA Chemical Information System, J. Chem. Inf. Comput. Comput. Sci., 1980, 20, 204-211.
  3. S. R. Heller, A. McNaught, S. Stein, and D. Tchekhovskoi, InChI - the IUPAC International Chemical Identifier, Journal of Cheminformatics, 2015, 7:23