Leading Information Solutions Provider Predicts Nobel Laureates; Thomson ISI Citation Laureates are Contenders for 2003 Nobel Prizes

PHILADELPHIA--()--Sept. 29, 2003--Is there any way to predict who will be named Noble Laureates this year? Thomson ISI has attempted to do so by naming its 2003 Citation Laureates. The top researchers listed are seen as potential Nobel Prize winners in 2003, or after, according to Thomson ISI--the pioneers of Citation Indexing.

Citations are an acknowledgement of intellectual debt--a direct demonstration of influence in a given subject area. Therefore, researchers who have accumulated such credits from their peers are also often nominated for prizes and other honors by these peers. Dr. Eugene Garfield, Founder & Chairman Emeritus, ISI(R), has studied the correlation between high citation frequency and receipt of prestigious prizes, especially the Nobel Prize.

The Thomson ISI Citation Laureates typically rank among the top one-tenth of one percent of researchers in their field, based on citation counts to their published papers over the last two decades. They also have routinely written the most influential papers in specific fields of the sciences and social sciences. Their influence is based on the number of times other researchers have cited their works.

"The Nobel Prize has been awarded annually since 1901. In making selections, the Nobel Committee generally looks for an area of research in each category, and then identifies the key people responsible for the advancement in that field," said David Pendlebury, Manager of Contract Research, Thomson ISI. "Over the past 30 years, our studies have demonstrated a strong relationship between journal article citations and peer esteem, and this is reflected in professional awards, as well, like the Nobel Prize."

In anticipation of the 2003 Nobel Prize announcements beginning on Oct. 6, the following is the list of the 2003 Thomson ISI Citation Laureates:


J. Fraser Stoddart
Saul Winstein Professor of Organic Chemistry
University of California at Los Angeles
Los Angeles, Calif.
George M. Whitesides
Mallinckrodt Professor of Chemistry
Harvard University
Cambridge, Mass.
Seiji Shinkai
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Kyushu University
Graduate School of Engineering
Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
--  For pioneering research in molecular self-assembly, which promises
    great advances in the fabrication of nanoscale machinery and

K.C. Nicolaou
Chairman, Department of Chemistry
Aline W. and L.S. Skaggs Professor in Chemical Biology and Darlene
Shiley Chair in Chemistry
The Scripps Research Institute
La Jolla, Calif.
Professor of Chemistry
University of California, San Diego
San Diego, Calif.
--  For research in organic and natural product synthesis, especially
    for achieving the total synthesis of Taxol(TM) in 1994 and
    vancomycin in 1998-1999.

Robert H. Grubbs
Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry
Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, Calif.
--  For breakthrough research in the design and synthesis of complexes
    with useful catalytic actions, especially in polymerization (the
    creation of so-called living polymers).


Eugene F. Fama
Robert R. McCormick Distinguished Service Professor of Finance
Graduate School of Business
University of Chicago
Chicago, Ill.
Kenneth R. French
Carl E. and Catherine M. Heidt Professor of Finance
Tuck School of Business
Dartmouth College
Hanover, N.H.
--  For their seminal contributions to understanding the relationship
    of stock returns and business fluctuations.

Robert J. Barro
Robert C. Waggoner Professor of Economics
Harvard University
Cambridge, Mass.
Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution
Stanford, Calif.
--  For his pioneering contributions in empirical macroeconomics,
    ranging over many fields, but especially for work in public debt
    in the 1970s.

Clive W. J. Granger
Department of Economics
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, Calif.
Robert F. Engle
Michael Armellino Professor in the Management of Financial Services
New York University Stern School of Business
New York, N.Y.
--  For their development of cointegration analysis, an essential
    technique of econometrics for time-series studies and forecasting.

                        Physiology or Medicine

Alfred G. Knudson Jr.
Senior Advisor to the President and Fox Distinguished Scientist
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Philadelphia, Pa.
Bert Vogelstein
Professor of Oncology and Pathology with a Joint Appointment in
Molecular Biology and Genetics
The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
Baltimore, Md.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
Robert A. Weinberg
Daniel K. Ludwig and American Cancer Society Professor for Cancer
Cambridge, Mass.
Whitehead Institute
Cambridge, Mass.
--  For the discovery and elucidation of the role of tumor suppressor
    genes in oncogenesis.

Sir Michael J. Berridge, FRS
Deputy Scientific Director and Head, Molecular Signaling
The Babraham Institute
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Honorary Professor of Department of Zoology
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Yasutomi Nishizuka
President Emeritus of Kobe University
Former Professor and Chairman, Department of Biochemistry
School of Medicine
Kobe University
Kobe, Japan
--  For breakthrough contributions in cell signaling that revealed two
    fundamental biochemical processes - Berridge for research on the
    second messenger inositol trisphophate and Nishizuka for the
    discovery and analysis of protein kinase C.

Francis S. Collins
Director, National Human Genome Research Institute
Senior Investigator
Genome Technology Branch
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Md.
Eric S. Lander
Professor of Biology
Cambridge, Mass.
Director of the Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research
Whitehead Institute
Cambridge, Mass.
J. Craig Venter
The Center for Advancement of Genomics
Institute for Biological Energy Alternatives, and Venter Science
Rockville, Md.
--  For contributions to mapping the human genome.


Shuji Nakamura
Professor, Materials Department
Director of the Center for Solid State Lighting and Displays
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, Calif.
--  For his invention of the blue laser and blue, green and white
    light-emitting diodes (LEDs), through the use of gallium nitride
    based semiconductors - a great leap forward in data storage
    technology, lighting devices and other realms.

Yoshinori Tokura
Professor, Department of Applied Physics
University of Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan
--  For outstanding research in correlated-electron oxide materials,
    including discoveries in superconducting compounds and for work on
    the phenomenon of giant magnetoresistance.

Michael B. Green, FRS
John Humphrey Plummer Professor of Theoretical Physics
Theoretical High Energy Particle Physics Group
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, United Kingdom
John H. Schwartz
Harold Brown Professor of Theoretical Physics
Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, Calif.
Edward Witten
Charles Simonyi Professor
School of Natural Sciences
Institute for Advanced Study
Princeton, N.J.
--  For contributions in string theory and M theory.

To select the 2003 Thomson ISI Citation Laureates, ISI(R) examined total citation counts and the number of high-impact papers in each of the major Nobel fields. Thomson ISI applied these data to categories within those fields that it considered worthy of special recognition by the Nobel Committee. Based on these criteria, three possible winners were selected in each of the four fields. For more information about the 2003 Thomson ISI Citation Laureates selections, visit www.in-cites.com/nobel/2003-nobel.

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