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Will these Indians win Nobel?

Last updated on: October 06, 2003 14:47 IST

Eleven persons of Indian origin figure in the list of the 100 most cited scientists in their respective disciplines, ranging from chemistry to physics, and economics to biology, according to Thomson ISI, the pioneers of citation indexing.

The top researchers named in this list are seen as potential Nobel Prize winners in 2003 or after.

Four persons of Indian origin figure in the list the 100 most-cited scientists in economics and business. One of these 100 will finally go on to win the coveted Nobel Prize.

Ranjay Gulati of the Kellogg School of Management with 15 papers and 722 citations is ranked 9th, Raghuram G Rajan, IMF chief economist designate with 20 papers and 552 citations is 28th, Sumanta Ghoshal of Harvard Business School with 27 papers and 508 citations is 41st and Atul K Kohli of Princeton University with 12 papers and 393 citations is 93rd on the list.

Among the 149 top-performing countries in all disciplines taken into account by the Nobel Foundation, http://www.in-cites.com/countries/india.html  India ranks number 13 for citations, number 21 for papers, and number 119 for citations per paper.

Three persons of Indian origin are among the 100 most-cited scientists in biology and biochemistry.

Vishva M Dixit of University of Michigan with 68 papers and 8,221 citations is 24th, Sanjay Kumar of John Hopkins University with 219 papers and 6,984 citations is 36th and Ajit Varki of University of California with 72 papers and 4,931 citations is 72nd on the list.

Abul K Abbas is 31st on the list of 100 most-cited scientists in immunology with 37 papers and 5,175 citations.

Vishva M Dixit with 20 papers and 6,688 citations is also on the list of 100 most-cited scientists in molecular biology & genetics at number 61.

Pramod R Saxena of Erasmus University Rotterdam is 16th in the list of 100 most-cited scientists in pharmacology & toxicology with 75 papers and 2,712 citations.

Atul Gurtu of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, with 203 papers and 8,539 citations is 24th on the list of 100 most-cited scientists in physics. P M Patel is at number 84, with 272 papers and 6,286 citations.

The tables below contain rankings of all fields in India and the top paper for India (for all fields, ranked by total citations). The figures cover an eleven-year period from March 1, 1992 to March 1, 2003.

India
Country Rankings in ALL Countries & ALL Fields
Ranked by total citations - 149 Countries
FIELD PAPERS CITATIONS CITATIONS
PER PAPER
Rank: 21 13 119
ALL FIELDS 178,476 528,637 2.96
India Field Rankings
Ranked by total citations
Rank FIELD PAPERS CITATIONS CITATIONS
PER PAPER
1

CHEMISTRY

38,895

139,229

3.58

2

PHYSICS

23,888

103,654

4.34

3

CLINICAL MEDICINE

14,639

51,164

3.5

4

BIOLOGY & BIOCHEMISTRY

9,847

37,958

3.85

5

MATERIALS SCIENCE

12,249

29,956

2.45

6

ENGINEERING

16,404

28,584

1.74

7

PLANT & ANIMAL SCIENCE

17,449

26,793

1.54

8

GEOSCIENCES

6,271

15,159

2.42

9

MOLECULAR BIOLOGY & GENETICS

2,163

12,870

5.95

10

SPACE SCIENCE

2,585

12,398

4.8

11

MICROBIOLOGY

2,416

10,711

4.43

12

ENVIRONMENT/ECOLOGY

4,239

10,605

2.5

13

AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES

9,619

10,405

1.08

14

PHARMACOLOGY & TOXICOLOGY

2,963

8,516

2.87

15

IMMUNOLOGY

1,016

7,238

7.12

16

NEUROSCIENCE & BEHAVIOR

1,715

6,116

3.57

17

MATHEMATICS

4,239

5,086

1.2

18

COMPUTER SCIENCE

2,299

3,824

1.66

19

MULTIDISCIPLINARY

2,121

2,484

1.17

20

SOCIAL SCIENCES, GENERAL

2,257

2,374

1.05

21

PSYCHIATRY/PSYCHOLOGY

542

2,058

3.8

22

ECONOMICS & BUSINESS

660

1,455

2.2

SOURCE: ISI Essential Science Indicators Web product.

 

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