The Scientific Business of Thomson Reuters Predicts Nobel Laureates

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

    PHILADELPHIA and LONDON, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 applications.

    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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