GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, September 26, 2018 — Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Martin O'Neill with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Martin celebrates many years' professional experience, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Passionate about the power of effective communication, Martin has had an extensive career in the science, technology, medicine and social sciences publishing industry. In 2013, several decades of professional success allowed him to launch as an independent consultant, trading as Martin O'Neill Publisher Services, in Geneva, Switzerland. A man of integrity and equality, he has always been a major advocate for both gender equality in the workplace and respect for intellectual property law in publishing.
Martin's writing experience earned him the opportunity to undertake a series of interviews in support of the Gender Equality programme of the EU Horizon 2020 Human Brain Project (HBP) in early 2018. The HBP aims to play a pioneering role in advancing gender equality by aiming for an equal balance between male and female scientists in research teams and decision-making, as well as promoting awareness of gender equality in research and innovation. One of the main challenges is to increase the number of women in higher-level positions and in education activities. The interviews reflect the experiences of several prominent women in HBP, with a view to gaining valuable insights into how to achieve the programme's objectives.
Currently, Martin has been granted several contracts by the International Telecommunication Union, whose major aims include the use of Information and Communication Technology to fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations through standardization for Smart Sustainable Cities. Experience in standardization was gained as technical editor and drafting advisor for the International Organization for Standardization in Geneva, Switzerland, over the periods 2007–2013 and 1982–1985, working on standardization programmes for food products, air quality, water quality, and acoustics.
Martin relished the commissioning opportunities and managerial responsibilities as senior editor for Gordon & Breach (now Informa) in both Tōkyō and Paris, 1989–1994. Martin trained his team in the rudiments of copyright law and ensured that these principles were respected. As part of his physical sciences publishing list, Martin set up Nonlinear Optics, one of the first English-language learned journals to have an Asian editor in chief. The journal was reviewed in Nature as one of the most significant additions to the archival literature in its first year of publication. In Paris, Martin switched to setting up publications in medicine and commissioned a definitive work in its field, Geriatric oncology, reviewed in the New England Journal of Medicine.
The management side of Martin's experience was boosted as managing editor for the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 2002–2007. In addition to recruitment to build an effective team and supervising the overhaul of the IT system, he was able to produce increases in net surplus in 2004 over 2003 (31.5%) and again in a 2006 over 2005 (22%), achieved not only through effective signing of new bulk subscriptions, principally to psychotherapist organizations whose members adhere to the Freudian school, but also by streamlining production and editorial processes. Martin previously performed editorial roles at Academic Press just before its takeover by Elsevier, 1998–1999, and Heyden (now Wiley) 1980–1982.
Previous reporting activities included a spell as a correspondent for Modern Plastics (and its global edition Modern Plastics International) at McGraw Hill (now Canon), 1995–1997. Martin covered innovations and market developments for the readership of plastics processors. Among Martin's focuses of interest were the commodity polymer, PVC, and packaging, notably PET, as well fibre-reinforced composites that are now finding innovative applications in cars and public transportation vehicles. Recycling initiatives also became a topic of widespread public interest during this period, and Martin rose to the challenge by providing in-depth coverage.
Furthermore, Martin was the senior editor for Excerpta Medica Hong Kong, 1985–1988, managing an elite team of writers and editors catering to the requirements of a wide range of highly demanding pharmaceutical clients, like Roche, Glaxo (now GSK), and MSD (known as Merck & Co. in the US). Martin travelled extensively within the region during this period, fulfilling assignments in Indonesia, Macau, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand in addition to Hongkong. The programme included on the spot reporting of medical congresses as they happened (e.g. the International Dental Federation Congress in Buenos Aires), editing of the Asia-Pacific Congress proceedings series, and assembling highly illustrated booklets giving in-depth coverage of newly launched medicaments. Martin also worked as a freelance while in Hongkong, writing articles for Asian Medical News and producing a supplement to JAMA-South East Asia “The increasing role of Haemophilus influenzae in pulmonary infections” for Science Press.
Patent information is now regarded as a valuable resource. Martin worked in this area as senior editor for Current Drugs (now Thomson Reuters), 1999–2002, reporting on patent information meetings, representing the company at congresses, and compiling entries for the Investigational Drugs Database. Along with an expert biologist, Martin analysed patents to try to single out the compound(s) of principal interest, while adding chemical drawing to his skillset at the same time. The database was a high value product, with clients paying substantial sums to access the information. Martin had had initial contact with patents at the start of his career at Derwent Publications (now Thomson Reuters), 1974–1980, extracting chemical and medical indication information from patent applications for electronic retrieval by pharmaceutical and agrochemical companies.
Martin likes to give a little back in gratitude for a long and rewarding career. He sponsored Tudor Morris to swim the Channel in 2014 and was a partial sponsor for the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts at Sussex University in 2014, as well as partially supporting recordings of the Beauty Stone as well as the Tempest and Macbeth incidental music by the Sir Arthur Sullivan Society. Martin also contributes to Swiss charities like AIDS-Hilfe Schweiz, Recherche Suisse Contre le Cancer, and Doctors Without Borders.
Martin is a member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and of press clubs in Geneva and Hong Kong.
Martin attributes his success to exceeding the expectations and aspirations of all involved in the publishing process, including editors, authors, readerships and distributors, as well as the marketing, production and executive staffs of publishing companies.
Martin plans to become part of a network of independent publishing professionals offering a range of editorial, marketing, production and distribution options.
Prior to the beginning of his career, Martin earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of Sussex in 1974. Although the department was less than 10 years old at that time, it boasted three Nobel prizewinners: Archer Martin, John Cornforth and Harry Kroto. He was educated at the King's School, Macclesfield, 1964–1971, and attended summer schools at HMS Conway, 1969–1972, acting in Shakespeare plays like Julius Caesar. Furthermore, Martin earned a United Nations French Language Proficiency Certificate in 1982.
In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Martin has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit www.ltachievers.com for more information about this honor.
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