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The Synthesis Library (SYNLIB) Program was an early attempt at developing a chemical reaction computer program. Commencing in 1983, scientists at Smith Kline & French Laboratories in collaboration with Professor William Clark Still, of Columbia University endeavored to create a computer program to address chemical structural questions. Users of this computer program could create diagrams of chemical structures. SYNLIB would use this diagram for the basis of a search query within a stored library of chemical reaction citations. The results would include potential matches that would help the user identify what reactions they may be working with.p the user identify what reactions they may be working with.
SYNLIB Programming Collection, Science History Institute Archives, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
"Computational Chemistry Software." Software. Computational Chemistry List, ltd. Accessed February 4, 2022. http://www.ccl.net/cca/documents/chamotlabs/Software.shtml.
The SYNLIB Programming Collection contains manuals and instructional materials for the Synthesis Library (SYNLIB) chemical reaction retrieval computer program. The materials in this collection are arranged in their order.
The SYNLIB Programming Collection was donated to the Science History Institute (formerly the Chemical Heritage Foundation) by Toby Summer in 2003.
The SYNLIB Programming Collection was processed by Andrew Mangravite on October 21st, 2016. The finding aid was revised by Patrick Burden on February 4th, 2022.
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- The SYNLIB Programming Collection was processed by Andrew Mangravite on October 21st, 2016. The finding aid was encoded into EAD by Patrick Burden.
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There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes and the collection is open to the public.
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