For many of us that use the many products of the Thomson Reuters Legal stable, we can thank TR Legal’s Chief Scientist and head of R&D for many of the great features that make our research results better. Sadly, that giant of the industry died suddenly this morning at the age of 62. The announcement of Jackson’s death was posted on the International Association for Artificial Intelligence and Law group on LinkedIn.

Peter Jackson had a hand in the development of many of the products you use within Westlaw, WestlawNext, PeopleMap, CaRE, Concord and Research Plus. In addition to this part of his contribution, Jackson was always thinking of what the future of search, technology and AI. Those ideas were present in his 2010 interview with Jason Wilson, as well as on his own blog and website. Peter’s greatness wasn’t just with technology, however, apparently, he was an awesome guitar player as well.

The legal research and technology industry lost a giant today.