Eight Highly Cited Researchers at University of Birmingham named in global Highly Cited Researchers 2018 List

A global list of the most highly cited researchers has found eight University of Birmingham academics to be amongst the most influential researchers as determined by their peers around the globe - those who have consistently won recognition in the form of high citation counts over a decade.  

Placement on the list has been recognized as a significant achievement for those named and marks an increase on previous years. The Clarivate Analytics Web of Science serves as the basis for regular listings of researchers whose citation records position them in the top 1% by citations for their field and year. 

Those included from the University of Birmingham are:

  • Professor Roy Harrison OBE FRS, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Queen Elizabeth II Birmingham Centenary Professor of Environmental Health.
  • Professor Paulus Kirchhof, Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, Director of the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Professor Jamie Lead, Facility for Environmental Nanoscience Analysis and Characterisation School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Professor Gregory YH Lip MD, FRCP (London, Edinburgh, Glasgow), DFM, FACC, FESC, Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Professor Laura Piddock, Institute of Microbiology and Infection, Professor of Microbiology
  • Professor Mohammad Mehdi-Rashidi PhD, Department of Civil Engineering, Marie, Sklodowska-Curie Senior Research Fellow
  • Professor Shuang Zhang, School of Physics and Astronomy, Professor of Metamaterials
  • Professor Iseult Lynch PhD, MBA, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Professor of Environmental Nanosciences, theme lead for Environmental Sciences

This year’s list continues to recognize researchers whose citation records position them in the very highest strata of influence and impact as it includes 17 Nobel laureates, including two announced this year: James P. Allison, Physiology or Medicine, and William D. Nordhaus, Economic Sciences. Also included are 56 Clarivate Analytics Citation Laureates - individuals who, through citation analysis, we have identified as researchers ‘of Nobel class’ and potential Nobel Prize recipients.

Professor Tim Softley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Transfer at the University of Birmingham said:

“I am delighted to see that the impact and quality of our world changing research is increasingly being recognised by academics around the world. Heartfelt congratulations must go to those named and the teams supporting this important work.”

Annette Thomas, CEO of the Scientific & Academic Research group at Clarivate Analytics warmly congratulated the researchers on their appearance in this year’s list: “Congratulations to your distinguished group of researchers at the University of Birmingham. The advancement of scientific endeavor represents a critical activity for individual research institutions and entire nations. The Highly Cited Researchers 2018 list helps to identify the researchers who are having the greatest impact on the research community as measured by the rate at which their work is being cited by others and that contributes so greatly to extending the frontier and gaining knowledge and innovations for society - contributions that make the world healthier, safer, richer, and more sustainable.”

The full Highly Cited Researchers 2018 list and executive summary can be found online.

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For more information please contact Dominic Benson, Deputy Director of Communications, University of Birmingham Press Office, Tel: 0121 414 5134.

Notes to editors

Since the compilation of the 2018 Highly Cited Researchers list, Professor Jamie Lead has moved on to another academic institutions.

About the University of Birmingham

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