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Influential scientists 2014

Eight LMU faculty members listed

München, 07/18/2014

Eight LMU faculty are listed in the latest compilation of the most highly cited researchers, entitled “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014”.

LMU’s physicists are acknowledged by their peers to be among the best in their field, and the latest compilation of citation data issued by information analyst Thomson Reuters amply confirms this. The agency tracks the frequency with which research articles published in scientific journals are subsequently cited by other authors, which provides a measure of the perceived significance of the primary publications. By this criterion, no less than three LMU physicists, Professor Immanuel Bloch, Professor Ferenc Krausz and Nobel Laureate Professor Theodor Hänsch rank among the 10 most influential researchers in their field in Germany. The complete list of the most highly cited scientists includes 144 physicists.

Other LMU researchers who feature on the list are Professor Martin Parniske in the Genetics Institute, Professor Lars Diening of the Institute of Mathematics, the psychiatrist Professor Hans-Jürgen Möller, the sociologist Professor Ulrich Beck and the epidemiologist Professor Heinz-Erich Wichmann. Parniske is rated as one of Germany’s 18 most highly cited authors in area of Plant and Animal Science. In this category a total of 178 scientists are listed. Diening is one of three Germans among the 98 mathematicians who are included. And Hans-Jürgen Möller is one of only two German researchers among the 100 most highly cited authors in the area of Psychiatry/Psychology who qualify for inclusion. Ulrich Beck, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, who is still actively engaged in research at LMU and the London School of Economics and Political Science, is among the five most highly cited German scholars listed in the Social Sciences category. Heinz-Erich Wichmann, Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology at LMU and former director of an epidemiological institute at the Helmholtz Center in Munich, is one of the top seven German researchers listed in the field of Molecular Biology & Genetics.

The current report lists approximately 3200 researchers in 21 different fields, and appears in this form for the first time. The listings are compiled from an analysis of the citation lists that are an integral part of scientific publications. These data are continuously monitored, analyzed and published in the “Web of Science”. The number of citations garnered by a researcher’s publications is taken as an indicator of the impact, and hence significance and quality, of that scientist’s work. The new report is based on papers published between 2002 and 2012 which were ranked in the top 1% by citations for field and year. göd