Alan R. Aronson, PhD, FACMI

Year Elected: 
2005
National Library of Medicine

Currently: National Library of Medicine

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‘‘Lan’’ Aronson received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics magna cum laude from the University of Washington in Seattle, a master’s degree in mathematics, and both master’s and PhD degrees in computer science from the University of Maryland. He has been a computer scientist at the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications since 1988.

In a highly productive research program, he has developed a broad array of applications that use the Metathesaurus and other UMLS (Unified Medical Language System) knowledge components. Among these are MetaMap, which is a program that automatically maps text to concepts in the Metathesaurus, and a Medical Text Indexer System, which produces automated MeSH indexing of meeting abstracts and suggests appropriate MeSH headings to NLM’s MEDLINE indexers. He also developed a Natural Language Processing (NLP) subset tag that has been incorporated into the Metathesaurus to assist NLP researchers. Dr. Aronson’s election to the College recognizes the substantial impact his innovations have had on the productivity of other researchers, and the utility of NLM’s global information services.