User:Barry Smith

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Barry Smith is Distinguished Professor and holder of the Julian Park Chair of Philosophy in the University at Buffalo (New York, USA). He is also Research Director of the Institute for Formal Ontology and Medical Information Science in Saarbrücken, Germany. He studied at Oxford and Manchester, and has held faculty positions in Sheffield, Manchester, Liechtenstein and Leipzig.

He is the author of some 450 scientific publications, including 15 authored or edited books, and editor of The Monist: An International Quarterly Journal of General Philosophical Inquiry. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the US, Swiss and Austrian National Science Foundations, the Volkswagen Foundation, and the European Union. In 2002 he received in recognition of his scientific achievements the 2.2 Million Euro Wolfgang Paul Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Smith’s primary research focus is ontology, particular its applications in biomedicine and biomedical informatics, and he is one of the principal scientists in the National Center for Biomedical Ontology. He also collaborates with Hernando de Soto, Director of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy in Lima, Peru, on the ontology of property rights and social development.

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