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Twenty-one "Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates" Recognized for Their Contributions to the Advancement of Science

The Scientific Business of Thomson Reuters Predicts Nobel Laureates

PHILADELPHIA, PA and LONDON, UK | Posted on October 1st, 2008

The Scientific business of Thomson Reuters today announced the 2008 Thomson Reuters Citation
Laureates -- researchers likely to be in contention for Nobel honors -- in anticipation of this year's Nobel Prize winners to be announced in October.

Each year, data from ISI Web of KnowledgeSM, a Thomson Reuters research
solution, is used to quantitatively determine the most influential
researchers in the Nobel categories of Physiology or Medicine, Physics,
Chemistry, and Economics. Because of the total citations to their works,
these high-impact researchers are named Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates
and predicted to be Nobel Prize winners, either this year or in the future.

Last year, five Citation Laureates were awarded Nobel Prizes. Since
2002, of those named Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates, 12 have gone on to
win Nobel Prizes.

"A strong correlation exists between citations in literature and peer
esteem. Professional awards, like the Nobel Prize, are a reflection of this
peer esteem," said David Pendlebury, Research Services, Thomson Reuters.
"We choose our Citation Laureates by assessing citation counts and the
number of high-impact papers while identifying discoveries or themes that
may be considered worthy of recognition by the Nobel Committee."

The Scientific business of Thomson Reuters is the only organization to
use quantitative data to make annual predictions of Nobel Prize winners.

The Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates typically rank among the top
one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of researchers in their fields, based on
citations of their published papers over the last two decades.

To select the 2008 Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates, total citation
counts and number of high-impact papers in the Nobel science fields were
examined. These data were applied to categories within those scientific
fields considered worthy of special recognition by the Nobel Committee:
Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, and Economics. Based on these
criteria, possible winners --- leaders within a particularly noteworthy
area of study within each field --- were selected.

The 2008 Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates by Nobel Prize category are
as follows:


Charles M. Lieber

Mark Hyman, Jr., Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry and
Chemical Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., USA

-- For his transformational research on nanowires, nanomaterials, and their
Krzysztof Matyjaszewski,

J.C. Warner University Professor of Natural Sciences, Department of
Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa., USA

-- For his development of atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) and
other methods of "living" polymerization.
Roger Y. Tsien

Professor of Pharmacology and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry,
University of California San Diego, La Jolla, Calif., USA; Howard Hughes
Medical Institute Investigator

-- For his development and application of fluorescent protein probes as
visual indicators of cellular function.

Andre K. Geim, F.R.S.

Langworthy Research Professor, Chair of Condensed Matter Physics and
Director of Manchester Centre for Mesoscience and Nanotechnology,
University of Manchester, Manchester, UK


Kostya Novoselov

Royal Society Research Fellow, Department of Condensed Matter Physics,
University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

-- For their discovery and analysis of graphene.
Vera C. Rubin

Senior Fellow, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie
Institution for Science, Washington, D.C., USA

-- For her pioneering research indicating the existence of dark matter in
the universe.
Sir Roger Penrose, O.M., F.R.S.

Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics, University of Oxford,
Oxford, UK


Dan Shechtman

Philip Tobias Professor of Materials Science, Technion-Israel Institute
of Technology, Haifa, Israel; and Department of Materials Science and
Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA

-- For their related discoveries of, Penrose-tilings and quasicrystals,
Physiology or Medicine

Shizuo Akira

Professor, Department of Host Defense, Research Institute for Microbial
Diseases, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan


Bruce A. Beutler

Professor and Chairman, Department of Genetics, The Scripps Research
Institute, La Jolla, Calif., USA


Jules A. Hoffman

President, French Academy of Sciences,

Paris, France

-- For their research on toll-like receptors and innate immunity.
Victor R. Ambros

Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine, University of
Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Mass., USA


Gary Ruvkun

Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts
General Hospital, Boston, Mass., USA

For their discovery and analysis of the role of microRNAs (miRNAs) in
gene regulation.

Rory Collins

Professor of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology and Co-director of the
Clinical Trial Service Unit, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK


Sir Richard Peto, F.R.S.

Professor of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology and Co-director of the
Clinical Trial Service Unit, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

-- For their contributions to clinical medicine and epidemiology through
the development and application of meta-analysis.

Lars P. Hansen

Homer J. Livingston Distinguished Service Professor, Department of
Economics, University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill., USA


Thomas J. Sargent

William R. Berkley Professor of Economics and Business, Department of
Economics, New York University, New York, N.Y., USA; Senior Fellow, Hoover
Institution, Stanford, Calif., USA


Christopher A. Sims

Harold B. Helms Professor of Economics and Banking, Department of
Economics, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J., USA

-- For their contributions to dynamic econometric models.
Armen A. Alchian

Emeritus Professor, Department of Economics, University of California
Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Calif., USA


Harold Demsetz

Arthur Andersen UCLA Alumni Emeritus Professor of Business Economics,
Department of Economics, University of California Los Angeles,

Los Angeles, Calif., USA

-- For their publications on property rights and their contributions to the
theory of the firm.
Martin S. Feldstein

George F. Baker Professor of Economics, Department of Economics,
Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., USA; President Emeritus, National
Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, Mass., USA

-- For his research on public economics, including taxation, social
security, health economics and many other topics.
For detailed information about each of the Citation Laureates,
including information about their areas of study, and to read about
previously named Citation Laureates, visit the Thomson Reuters Citation
Laureates website at


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