Scientific citations

December 21, 2001

And now for the results of The THES 's 2001 celebrity scientist competition. The rough-and-ready rankings are based on the total number of direct quotations of at least one sentence published in national newspapers between January 1 and December 18; this figure appears in brackets.

This year's winner is last year's runner-up: Lord Winston, professor of fertility studies at Imperial College and chairman of the House of Lords science and technology committee (33).

Behind him is David King, the chief scientific adviser and professor of chemistry at Cambridge University ().

Four celebrity scientists tie for third with 23 citations: Steve Jones, snail expert, newspaper columnist and professor of genetics at University College London; foot-and-mouth authority John Krebs, chairman of the Food Standards Agency and Royal Society research professor at Oxford University; last year's winner, Raj Persaud, psychiatrist and senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry in London; and Richard Wiseman, reader in public understanding of psychology at Hertfordshire University.

Roy Anderson, professor of infectious disease epidemiology at Imperial College London, is in seventh position (20). Joint eighth place goes to Oxford University's Richard Dawkins and Susan Greenfield (19). Lewis Wolpert, newspaper columnist and professor at University College London, comes tenth (17).

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