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Thomson Reuters Predicts 2012 Nobel Laureates

September 18, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — With the eyes of the world firmly fixed on Stockholm and the upcoming announcement of the 2012 Nobel Prize recipients, the IP & Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world leader in intelligent information for businesses and professionals, announced its 2012 “Nobel-class” Citation Laureates today.

Annually, Thomson Reuters citation analysts mine proprietary data from the company’s research platform, Web of Knowledge((TM)), to identify the most influential researchers in the categories of chemistry, physics, physiology or medicine, and economics. Based on a thorough review of citations to their research, 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 future.

“Our Citation Laureate selection process operates much like the Nobel Foundation’s selection process,” said David Pendlebury, Thomson Reuters citation analyst. “We recognize fundamental discoveries and identify the most important contributors to these discoveries. Our Citation Laureates have made such important contributions to science that we believe them to be peers of the Nobel Prize winners in every way; they simply have yet to win.”

The Citation Laureates rank among the top one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of researchers in their fields in terms of citation impact, based on citations of their published papers over the last three decades. The 2012 Laureates include 21 influential researchers whose high-profile discoveries cover pioneering work such as quantum teleportation (Charles H. Bennett of IBM Corporation, Gilles Brassard of the University of Montreal and William K. Wootters of Williams College); the experimental demonstration of “slow light” (Stephen E. Harris of Stanford University and Lene V. Hau of Harvard University); and fundamental discoveries in genetic regulation (C. David Allis of Rockefeller University and Michael Grunstein of University of California, Los Angeles).

Also among the high-profile achievements of this year’s picks is the pioneering work in financial market volatility and the dynamics of asset prices by Robert Shiller of Yale University. Shiller is known as the author of the best-selling book Irrational Exuberance, which warned of the damaging stock and housing market bubbles.

Thirteen of the 2012 Citation Laureates hail from American institutions, two are from Canada, three from Japan and three from the United Kingdom. Now in its eleventh consecutive year of predictions, Thomson Reuters has successfully predicted 26 Nobel Prize recipients to date.

For detailed information about the Citation Laureates and their fields of research, and to learn about previously named Citation Laureates who are still contending for a Nobel Prize, visit the Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates website at http://sciencewatch.thomsonreuters.com/nobel.

Follow @nobelcitings and @TR_ScienceWatch on Twitter.com for up-to-the-minute news on the predictions and deeper insight into their fields of research. Facebook users are encouraged to submit their guesses for the 2012 Nobel Prize winners and take part in Nobel discussions on the Web of Knowledge Facebook page.

The 2012 Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates by Nobel Prize category are:

    CHEMISTRY
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    Louis E. Brus
    Samuel Latham Mitchill Professor
    Department of Chemistry
    Columbia University
    New York, New York, USA
    For discovery of colloidal semiconductor
     nanocrystals (quantum dots)
    ----------------------------------------
    Akira Fujishima
    President, Tokyo University of Science
    Special University Professor Emeritus,
     University of Tokyo
    Supreme Advisor, Kanagawa Academy of Science and
     Technology
    Tokyo, Japan
    For the discovery of photocatalytic properties
     of titanium dioxide (the Honda-Fujishima
     Effect)
    ----------------------------------------------
    Masatake Haruta
    Adjunct Professor, Department of Applied
     Chemistry
    Graduate School of Urban Environmental Sciences
    Tokyo Metropolitan University
    Tokyo, Japan
    -and-
    Graham J. Hutchings
    Professor of Physical Chemistry and Director of
     the Cardiff Catalysis Center
    Cardiff University
    Cardiff, Wales U.K.
    For independent foundational discoveries of
     catalysis by gold
    -------------------------------------------

    PHYSICS
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    Charles H. Bennett
    IBM Fellow
    Thomas J. Watson Research Center
    IBM Corporation
    Yorktown Heights, New York, USA
    -and-
    Gilles Brassard
    Canada Research Chair in Quantum Information
     Processing
    University of Montreal
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    -and-
    William K. Wootters
    Barclay Jermain Professor of Natural Philosophy
    Department of Physics
    Williams College,
     Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA
    For their pioneering description of a protocol
     for quantum teleportation, which has since been
     experimentally verified
    ------------------------------------------------
    Leigh T. Canham
    Chief Scientific Officer
    pSiMedica Ltd.
    Malvern
    Honorary Professor
    School of Physics and Astronomy
    University of Birmingham
    Birmingham, England, U.K.
    For discovery of photoluminescence in porous
     silicon
    --------------------------------------------
    Stephen E. Harris
    Kenneth and Barbara Oshman Professor of
     Electrical Engineering and Professor of Applied
     Physics Emeritus
    Stanford University
    Stanford, California, USA
    -and-
    Lene V. Hau
    Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and Applied
     Physics
    School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
    Harvard University
    Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
    For the experimental demonstration of
     electromagnetically induced transparency
     (Harris) and of  'slow light' (Harris and Hau)
    -----------------------------------------------

    PHYSIOLOGY or MEDICINE
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    C. David Allis
    Tri-Institutional Professor and Joy and
     Jack Fishman Professor
    Head, Laboratory of Chromatin Biology and
     Epigenetics
    Rockefeller University
     New York, New York, USA
    -and-
    Michael Grunstein
    Distinguished Professor of Biological
     Chemistry
    Geffen School of Medicine
    University of California Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, California, USA
    For fundamental discoveries concerning
     histone modifications and their role in
     genetic regulation
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    Anthony "Tony" R. Hunter
    American Cancer Society Professor
    Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory
    Renato Dulbecco Chair
    Salk Institute for Biological Studies
    Adjunct Professor, Section of Molecular
     Biology
    University of California, San Diego
    La Jolla, California, USA
    For the discovery of tyrosine
     phosphorylation and contributions to
     understanding protein kinases and their
     role in signal transduction
    -and-
    Anthony "Tony" J. Pawson
    Distinguished Scientist and Apotex Chair
     in Molecular Oncology
    Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute of
     Mount Sinai Hospital
    Professor in the Department of Molecular
     Genetics
    University of Toronto
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    For identification of the phosphotyrosine
     binding SH2 domain and demonstrating its
     function in protein-protein interactions
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    Richard O. Hynes
    Daniel K. Ludwig Professor for Cancer
     Research
    David H. Koch Institute for Integrative
     Cancer Research
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute
     Investigator
    Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
    -and-
    Erkki Ruoslahti
    Distinguished Professor, Center for
     Nanomedicine
    Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute
    University of California Santa Barbara
    Santa Barbara, California, USA
    -and-
    Masatoshi Takeichi
    Director, RIKEN Center for Developmental
     Biology
    Kobe, Japan
    For pioneering discoveries of cell
     adhesion molecules, Hynes and Ruoslahti
     for integrins and Takeichi for cadherins
    -----------------------------------------

    ECONOMICS
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    Sir Anthony B. Atkinson
    Research Professor, Department of
     Economics
    Oxford University,
    Oxford, England U.K.
    For studies of income inequality and
     contributions to welfare state and public
     sector economics
    -and-
    Angus S. Deaton
    Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of
     International Affairs and Professor of
     Economics and International Affairs
    Woodrow Wilson School
    Princeton University
    Princeton, New Jersey, USA
    For empirical research on consumption,
     income and savings, poverty and health,
     and well-being
    ----------------------------------------
    Stephen A. Ross
    Franco Modigliani Professor of Financial
     Economics and Professor of Finance
    The MIT Sloan School of Management
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
    For his arbitrage pricing theory and other
     fundamental contributions to finance
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    Robert J. Shiller
    Arthur M. Okun Professor of Economics
    Cowles Foundation for Research in
     Economics and Professor of Finance
    The International Center for Finance
    Yale University
    New Haven, Connecticut, USA
    For pioneering contributions to financial
     market volatility and the dynamics of
     asset prices
    -----------------------------------------

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