Thomson Reuters Predicts Nobel Laureates

September 21, 2010

PHILADELPHIA and LONDON, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ – With just two weeks until the recipients of some of the world’s most coveted research prizes are named, Thomson Reuters is releasing its picks for 2010 Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates – researchers likely to be in contention for Nobel honors.

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Each year, Thomson Reuters uses data from its research solution, Web of Knowledge(SM), to quantitatively determine the most influential researchers in the Nobel categories of Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, and Economics. Based on citations to their works, the company names these high-impact researchers as Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates and predicts them to be Nobel Prize winners, either this year or in the near future.

Thomson Reuters is the only organization to use quantitative data to make annual predictions of Nobel Prize winners. Since 2002, 19 Citation Laureates have gone on to win Nobel Prizes.

“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,” said David Pendlebury, Research Services, Thomson Reuters. “A strong correlation exists between citations in literature and peer esteem. Professional awards, like the Nobel Prize, are a reflection of this peer esteem.”

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.

This year, 15 of the 21 Citation Laureates hail from American universities; researchers from France, Japan, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom also appear among the 2010 picks.

For detailed information about each of the Citation Laureates, including information about their areas of study, and to read about previously named Citation Laureates who are still in the running for a Nobel Prize, visit the Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates website at science.thomsonreuters.com/nobel. You can also sign up to receive up to the minute news about all things Nobel by following @nobelcitings on Twitter.com.

This year, Thomson Reuters is hosting a forum at science.thomsonreuters.com/nobel. The forum will feature a discussion among Nobel-watchers from all backgrounds about past and future Nobel Prize winners.

The 2010 Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates by Nobel Prize category are:


                                   Patrick O. Brown
       Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Stanford University School of
                 Medicine, Stanford, Calif., USA and Investigator,
                          Howard Hughes Medical Institute
                               Chevy Chase, Md., USA
       -For the invention and application of DNA microarrays, a revolutionary
                  tool in the study of variation in gene expression.

                                  Susumu Kitagawa
       Deputy Director, Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences and
       Professor, Department of Synthetic Chemistry and Biological Chemistry,
                           Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

                                   Omar M. Yaghi
    Jean Stone Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University
                of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Calif., USA

         - For the design and development of porous metal-organic frameworks,
             whose applications include hydrogen and methane storage, gas
                    purification, and gas separation, among others.

                                Stephen J. Lippard
         Arthur Amos Noyes Professor, Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts
                    Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., USA
         -For pioneering research in bioinorganic chemistry, including the
          discovery of metallointercalators to disrupt DNA replication, an
                 important contribution to improved cancer therapy.


                                Charles L. Bennett
      Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University,
     Baltimore, Md.,USA and Senior Scientist for Experimental Cosmology, NASA
                  Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., USA

                                   Lyman A. Page
    Henry DeWolf Smyth Professor of Physics, Department of Physics, Princeton
                          University, Princeton, NJ., USA


                                 David N. Spergel
        Charles Young Professor of the Class of 1897 Foundation and Chair,
       Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, Princeton,
                                     N.J., USA

       -For discoveries deriving from the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe
          (WMAP), including the age of the universe, its topography, and its

                                 Thomas W. Ebbesen
       Professor, University of Strasbourg, and Director, ISIS (Institute of
            Science and Supramolecular Engineering), Strasbourg, France
       -For observation and explanation of the transmission of light through
          subwavelength holes, which ignited the field of surface plasmon

                                  Saul Perlmutter
       Professor, Department of Physics, University of California Berkeley,
       Berkeley, Calif., USA and Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National
                         Laboratory, Berkeley, Calif., USA


                                   Adam G. Riess
    Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University,
     Baltimore, Md., USA and Senior Member, Space Telescope Science Institute,
                                Baltimore, Md., USA


                                 Brian P. Schmidt
         Australian Research Council Federation Fellow, Research School of
     Astronomy and Astrophysics, Australian National University, Weston Creek,

          -For discoveries of the accelerating rate of the expansion of the
           universe, and its implications for the existence of dark energy.

                              Physiology or Medicine

                                Douglas L. Coleman
         Senior Staff Scientist Emeritus, Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor,
                                     Maine, USA


                                Jeffrey M. Friedman
          Marilyn M. Simpson Professor, Laboratory of Molecular Genetics,
           Rockefeller University, New York, N.Y., USA and Investigator,
                          Howard Hughes Medical Institute
                               Chevy Chase, Md., USA

           -For the discovery of leptin, a hormone regulating appetite and

                                Ernest A. McCulloch
           Senior Scientist, Ontario Cancer Institute, Toronto, Ontario,


                                   James E. Till
           Senior Scientist, Ontario Cancer Institute, Toronto, Ontario,


                                  Shinya Yamanaka
         Professor, Department of Stem Cell Biology, Institute of Frontier
            Medical Sciences, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan and Senior
          Investigator, Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease, San
           Francisco, Calif., USA and Professor of Anatomy, University of
                California San Francisco, San Francisco, Calif., USA

           -For the discovery of stem cells and the development of induced
                                pluripotent stem cells.

                                 Ralph M. Steinman
           Henry G. Kunkel Professor and Senior Physician, Laboratory of
          Cellular Physiology and Immunology, Rockefeller University, New
                                  York, N.Y., USA

           -For the discovery of dendritic cells, key regulators of immune


                                  Albert Alesina
          Nathaniel Ropes Professor of Political Economics, Department of
                Economics, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., USA

             - For theoretical and empirical studies on the relationship
          between politics and macroeconomics, and specifically for research
                             on politico-economic cycles.

                                 Nobuhiro Kiyotaki
            Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Princeton
                          University, Princeton N.J., USA

                                   John H. Moore
            George Watson's and Daniel Stewart's Professor of Political
            Economics, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, and
         Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, London School of
                             Economics, London, England

            - For formulation of the Kiyotaki-Moore model, which describes
          how small shocks to an economy may lead to a cycle of lower output
              resulting from a decline in collateral values that create a
                            restrictive credit environment.

                                  Kevin M. Murphy
          George J. Stigler Distinguished Service Professor of Economics,
         University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Chicago, Il., USA,
            and Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford, Calif., USA

          -For pioneering empirical research in social economics, including
          wage inequality and labor demand, unemployment, addiction, and the
             economic return on investment in medical research among other

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