May 7th, 2011 marked the 75th birthday of Mikhail Evkhonovich Elyashberg, Professor, Doctor of Chemistry, and one of the leading scientists in the development of expert systems for identifying the structures of complex chemical compounds by NMR spectroscopy.
He received a Dr Chem. Sci. from the Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry at the Russian Academy of Sciences (GEOKHI RAS) under the guidance of Professor L.A. Gribov. From 1960s – 80 Elyashberg was a group leader which developed several expert systems for computer-assisted structures elucidation. In 1996, the first commercial expert system X-PERT (Bruker) was created by Professor Elyashberg in collaboration with German researchers. Since 1997, Elyashberg has been an expert in molecular spectroscopy of the Moscow Division of Advanced Chemistry Development and one of the key authors of the powerful Structure Elucidator system.
Professor Elyashberg is a co-author of over 100 scientific papers. The most recent notable accomplishments are co-authorship of what may be the defacto review article on Computer Assisted Structure Elucidation (CASE) for the next decade published in Progress in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy as well as his co-authorship the most accessed article of all time in the Journal of Cheminformatics.
In 1999, Mikhail was one member of a team of 4 who was awarded the State Prize of the Russian Federation for the development of the theory and methods for calculating molecular spectra and the design of expert systems.