CSD Heroes: Judith Howard

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Written by

Caroline Davies-Brooks

Posted on

October 4, 2019

Our 3rd CSD Hero is Judith Howard who is currently 8th in our annual CSD author statistics.  To thank Judith for her contributions we are taking a look at some of her CSD highlights. 

About Judith Howard

Judith A. K. Howard is a professor in the Dept. of Chemistry at the University of Durham.  She has received many awards and honours including CBE in 1996, the RSC Prize for Structural Chemistry in 1999 and being elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2002. 

Her research interests include experimental charge density analysis, in-situ crystallisation of liquids, ultra-low temperature crystallography, high pressure crystallography, software development, solid-state reactions the study of non-linear optical materials and magnetically interesting materials.(1) 

Judith developed low temperature and neutron diffraction methods to more precisely determine electron density, chemical bonding and magnetic properties in molecules.(2)  Judith is well known in the community through her involvement with the Durham Intensive School and some of us at CCDC know her well, she even supervised Jason Cole’s PhD. 


Judith A. K. Howard and the CSD

Judith is currently 8th in our annual list of most prolific authors in the CSD with over 3,100 entries in the CSD. Her entries in the CSD date back to 1974 and since then she has submitted entries every year, with the most entries per year being 236 entries in 2006.  In 2006 she published in 26 different journals, with Chem.-Eur.J. featuring an impressive 35 entries, one being CSD Entry: FERRUQ shown below.  The journal publishing the most of Judith's CSD entries overall is Dalton Trans. with 220 entries. 


CSD Entry: FERRUQ, DOI: 10.5517/cc859yn


Judith has published 69 CSD Communications from 1995 to 2017, one of the most recent of these being CSD Entry: FAWZAH, shown below.  


One of Judith’s recent CSD Communications, CSD Entry: FAWZAH, DOI: 10.5517/ccdc.csd.cc1pdrzt


A graph showing the growth of Judith’s entries in the CSD per year is shown below.

growth of Judith’s entries in the CSD

A graph showing the growth of Judith’s entries in the CSD with new additions that year shown in darker blue


Overall Judith has published structures in over 100 different journals with over 1795 different co-authors. 

Judith’s structures are diverse and include 67 different element types, a massive 234,880 atomic coordinates, and cover 83 different space groups.  Some of her structures are quite large, one of the largest in terms of the number of atomic coordinates (696) is CSD Entry: RILNUV published in Chemical Communications.


Judith’s structure with the largest number of atomic coordinates (696) - CSD Entry RILNUV

Her entries are evenly spread over the organic (52%, 1,634 entries) and metal-organic (48%, 1,488 entries) disciplines.  Judith’s structures have an average R-factor of 5.00, the average R-factor of the entire CSD and 30% of her structures have modelled disorder.

 Infographic showing a breakdown of Judith’s structures

Infographic showing a breakdown of Judith’s structures


We have enjoyed browsing through Judith’s structures, each structure is valuable individually and collectively they contain a wealth of data that can be used by scientists worldwide. Thank you, Judith, for all your efforts and for all your wonderful structures!


Get involved

This is the 3rd blog in our series of blog posts featuring the most prolific authors in the CSD which highlight some statistics and structures to celebrate their achievements and thank them for their phenomenal contribution. If you would like to share stories about these crystallographers, some of their fascinating structures or tell us about your heroes of the CSD you can tweet us at @ccdc_cambridge  #CSDHeroes19

  1. https://www.dur.ac.uk/chemistry/staff/profile/?id=186
  2. https://royalsociety.org/people/judith-howard-11654/



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