Colin Batchelor


Latest publication:

Abstract of talk at GCC 2011, Goslar, Germany
For the rest, see Publications.

Currently (2006 to present)

Senior Informatics Analyst at the Royal Society of Chemistry in Cambridge, UK. I am particularly interested in natural language processing of scientific text, including regular polysemy, named entity recognition and rhetorical analysis (with Simone Teufel). I am also interested in ontology development and am one of the maintainers (with Karen Eilbeck) of the Sequence Ontology.

I am a member of the IUPAC Subcommittee on the IUPAC International Chemical Identifier and on the IUPAC Committee for Printed and Electronic Publications..

Previously (2001 to 2006)

Technical editor, Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK.

Previously (1998 to 2002)

Theoretical spectroscopy

Molecular Rydberg Dynamics is my doctoral thesis in physical and theoretical chemistry. Thanks to ORA for hosting this.

In a Rydberg molecule, one electron roams over a space much bigger than the rest of the molecule. Normal quantum chemical methods such as ab initio calculations, density functional theory and the Born–Oppenheimer approximation, no longer necessarily work for Rydberg molecules, so the work reported in this thesis uses quite different techniques. [Now read on...]

(Astonishingly, this is on Amazon, but "Currently unavailable". ASIN B001ABUXH8.)


Categorial Grammar of Gaelic: in my spare time I'm investigating how to implement a practical tool for parsing Scottish Gaelic.

Other material

Much of this is now rather dated.

About the author

Colin Batchelor was born in Edinburgh in 1976. He now lives in Cambridgeshire. [Photograph (1/4 MB, fuzzy, includes light switch)]


About the name

Tantallon Castle is a ruin just outside North Berwick, the town where I grew up. www.tantallon.de is run by an enthusiast and has lots of photographs.

Webspace provided by mythic beasts.

E-mail Colin Batchelor: colin@tantallon.org.uk

LinkedIn page

Personal Twitter account with considerable reservations about the amount of tax they pay at @my_disposition

On the other hand, they are welcome to my very small amounts of bike maintenance data at @insidecolinbike