Higgs Boson is forecast for Science honors; Economics nominees include theorists of economic regulation
25 Sep 2013
Philadelphia, PA – The IP & Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world leader in intelligent information for businesses and professionals, announced its 2013 “Nobel-class” Citation Laureates today. Having accurately forecast 27 Nobel Prize winners since its inception in 2002, the annual Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates study mines scientific research citations to identify the most influential researchers in the fields of chemistry, physics, medicine and economics.
This year, noteworthy nominees on the Thomson Reuters list include François Englert and Peter W. Higgs for their prediction of the Brout-Englert-Higgs boson particle in the field of physics; and, in the field of economics, Sam Peltzman and Richard A. Posner for their work extending economic theories of regulation. Nominees in the field of medicine include Adrian P. Bird, Howard Cedar and Aharon Razin for their fundamental discoveries concerning DNA methylation and gene expression. Chemistry nominees include M.G. Finn, Valery V. Fokin and K. Barry Sharpless for their development of modular click chemistry. If selected, this would be Sharpless’s second Nobel Prize (he won in 2001 for his work on chirally catalyzed oxidation reactions).
The complete list of Nobel predictions includes 28 researchers representing 22 distinct academic and research organizations, and six different countries.
“Scientific research citations function as a repayment of an intellectual debt,” said Gordon Macomber, managing director, Thomson Reuters Scholarly & Scientific Research. “By analyzing these citations in aggregate over many years, we are able to identify individual researchers and institutions that have the greatest impact on their fields of study and, as a result, are most likely to capture the attention of the Nobel jury.”
The annual Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates study is based on analysis of proprietary data from the research and citation database, Web of Science™, which identifies the most influential researchers in the categories of chemistry, physics, physiology or medicine, and economics. Based on a thorough review of citations to each person’s research, the company names these high-impact researchers as Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates and predicts they will be Nobel Prize winners, either this year or in the future.
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The 2013 Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates by Nobel Prize category are:
A. Paul Alivisatos Samsung Distinguished Professor of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, and Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering, and Director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA, USA
Chad A. Mirkin George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry Northwestern University Evanston, IL, USA
Nadrian C. Seeman Margaret and Herman Sokol Professor of Chemistry New York University New York, NY, USA For contributions to DNA nanotechnology
Bruce N. Ames Senior Scientist and Professor Emeritus, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, Oakland, CA and University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA For the invention of the Ames test of mutagenicity
M.G. Finn Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA, USA
-and- Valery V. Fokin Associate Professor of Chemistry The Scripps Research Institute La Jolla, CA, USA
K. Barry Sharpless W.M. Keck Professor of Chemistry The Scripps Research Institute La Jolla, CA, USA For the development of modular click chemistry
PHYSICS François Englert Professor Emeritus and Distinguished Visiting Professor in Residence, Chapman Institute for Quantum Studies Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium and Chapman University, Orange, CA, USA
-and- Peter W. Higgs Professor Emeritus University of Edinburgh Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
For their prediction of the Brout-Englert-Higgs boson
Hideo Hosono Professor, Materials and Structures Laboratory and Director of Materials Research Center for Element Strategy Tokyo Institute of Technology Yokohama, Japan For his discovery of iron-based superconductors
Geoffrey W. Marcy Professor of Astronomy University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA, USA
Michel Mayor Emeritus Professor University of Geneva Geneva, Switzerland
Didier Queloz Professor University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK and University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland For their discoveries of extrasolar planets
PHYSIOLOGY or MEDICINE
Adrian P. Bird Buchanan Professor of Genetics University of Edinburgh Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Howard Cedar Edmond J. Safra Distinguished Professor Emeritus Hebrew University of Jerusalem Jerusalem, Israel
Aharon Razin Professor of Biochemistry Emeritus Hebrew University of Jerusalem Jerusalem, Israel For their fundamental discoveries concerning DNA methylation and gene expression
Daniel J. Klionsky Alexander G. Ruthven Professor of Life Sciences University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Noboru Mizushima Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate School and Faculty of Medicine University of Tokyo Tokyo Japan
Yoshinori Ohsumi Professor, Frontier Research Center Tokyo Institute of Technology Yokohama, Japan For elucidating the molecular mechanisms and physiological function of autophagy
Dennis J. Slamon Professor, Chief, and Executive Vice Chair for Research Department of Medicine, Hematology/Oncology and Director of Revlon/UCLA Women’s Cancer Research Program University of California Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA, USA For his pioneering research identifying the HER-2/neu oncogene, leading to more effective cancer therapy
ECONOMICS Joshua D. Angrist Ford Professor of Economics Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA, USA
David E. Card Class of 1950 Professor of Economics University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA, USA
Alan B. Krueger Bendheim Professor of Economics Princeton University Princeton, NJ, USA For their advancement of empirical microeconomics
Sir David F. Hendry Professor of Economics University of Oxford Oxford, England, UK
M. Hashem Pesaran John Elliot Distinguished Chair in Economics & Professor of Economics, and Emeritus Professor of Economics & Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA and University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England, UK
Peter C.B. Phillips Sterling Professor of Economics and Professor of Statistics Yale University New Haven, CT, USA For their contributions to economic time-series, including modeling, testing and forecasting
Sam Peltzman Ralph and Dorothy Keller Distinguished Service Professor of Economics Emeritus University of Chicago Booth School of Business Chicago, IL, USA
Richard A. Posner Judge, United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and Senior Lecturer University of Chicago Law School Chicago, IL, USA For extending economic theories of regulation
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