Montagu ("Monty") Hyams, pioneer of the patent information industry and founder of Derwent, passed away peacefully on Oct 9, 2013, at the age of 95. A research chemist by training who became a patents manager almost by accident, Hyams had the idea in 1951 of a publication giving informative summaries of newly issued British patents. Hyams worked closely with his customers to help shape Derwent's development. He was rewarded by their willingness to entrust to Derwent services previously carried out by others. Hyams was born in London and stayed local. His wife of 62 years, Valerie, predeceased him in 2006. He is survived by their sons Peter and Stephen.
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