Trinity scientists make ‘World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds’ list

30 Jun 2014

Two scientists from Trinity College Dublin, Prof Luke O’Neill and Prof Jonathan Coleman, have been included in the Thomson Reuters World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014 report.

O’Neill and Coleman join only seven other Irish scientists on the list of authors who rank among the top 1pc most cited for their subject field and year of publication (between 2002 and 2012).

O’Neill, a professor of biochemistry, has been included among other notable scientists in the field of immunology and Coleman, professor of chemical physics, has been included for his work in material science.

According to Thomson Reuters, the selected authors’ published work in their speciality areas “has consistently been judged by peers to be of particular significance and utility”.

All the selected researchers were chosen because they had written the greatest numbers of reports Essential Science Indicators officially designated as Highly Cited Papers.

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Thomson Reuters describes those acknowledged in The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014 report as “… a person of influence in the sciences and social sciences. They are the people who are on the cutting edge of their fields.

“They are performing and publishing work that their peers recognise as vital to the advancement of their science. These researchers are, undoubtedly, among the most influential scientific minds of our time.”

Speaking about his inclusion in The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014 report, O’Neill said, “I am absolutely delighted to make this list. It’s a huge testament to the work of my research team in Trinity over the past decade.”

Coleman said, “I am delighted to be included with such distinguished scientists, although most of the credit must go to the students and post-docs who did the actual work. I would also like to highlight the support I have received from both Trinity College and Science Foundation Ireland. Without them, this would have been impossible.”

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years