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PHILADELPHIA and LONDON, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Thomson Reuters today announced the 2009 Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates -- researchers likely to be in contention for Nobel honors -- in anticipation of this year's Nobel Prize winners in the sciences and in economics to be announced from October 5-12.

Thomson Reuters is the only organization to use quantitative data to make annual predictions of Nobel Prize winners.

Each year, data from ISI Web of Knowledge((R)), the world's largest citation environment of the highest quality scholarly literature, is used to quantitatively determine the most influential researchers in the Nobel categories of Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, and Economics. These high-impact researchers are named Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates and predicted to be Nobel Prize winners, either this year or in the near future, based on the citation impact of their published research.

Since 2002, 15 Citation Laureates have gone on to win Nobel Prizes.

"We choose our Citation Laureates by assessing citation counts and the number of high-impact papers they have produced while identifying discoveries or themes that may be considered worthy of recognition by the Nobel Committee," said David Pendlebury, Citation Analyst at Thomson Reuters. "A strong correlation exists between citations in scientific literature and peer esteem. Professional awards, like the Nobel Prize, are also a reflection of peer esteem."

The Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates typically rank among the top one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of researchers in their fields, based on citations of their published papers over the last two or three decades.

The 2009 Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates by Nobel Prize category are as follows:


    Michael Gratzel
    Professor and Director, Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces, Swiss
    Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)
    Laussane, Switzerland

      -- For his invention of dye-sensitized solar cells, now known as Gratzel

    Jacqueline K. Barton
    Arthur and Marian Hanisch Memorial, Professor of Chemistry and Chair of
    the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute
    of Technology
    Pasadena, Calif., USA


    Bernd Giese
    Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Basel,
    Basel, Switzerland


    Gary B. Schuster
    Provost and Professor, School of Chemistry, Georgia Institute of
    Atlanta, Ga., USA

      -- For their pioneering research of electron charge transfer in DNA.

    Benjamin List
    Professor and Director, Max Planck Institute for Coal Research, Mulheim
    an der Ruhr, Germany, and Honorary Professor, University of Cologne
    Cologne, Germany

      -- For his development of organic asymmetric catalysis using enamines.


    Yakir Aharonov
    Professor, Department of Physics, Computational Science and Engineering,
    Chapman University
    Orange, Calif., USA,
    Emeritus Professor, Tel Aviv University,
    Tel Aviv, Israel
    University of South Carolina
    Columbia, S.C., USA


    Sir Michael V. Berry, F.R.S.
    Melville Wills Professor of Physics Emeritus, Department of Physics,
    University of Bristol
    Bristol, United Kingdom

      -- For their discovery of the Aharonov-Bohm Effect and the related Berry
         Phase, respectively.

    Juan Ignacio Cirac
    Director of Theory Division, Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics
    Garching, Germany


    Peter Zoller
    Professor of Physics, Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of
    Innsbruck and Scientific Director, Institute for Quantum Optics and
    Quantum Information of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
    Innsbruck, Austria

      -- For their pioneering research on quantum optics and quantum

    Sir John B. Pendry, F.R.S.
    Professor of Theoretical Solid State Physics and Head of the Condensed
    Matter Theory Group, Imperial College of Science and Technology
    London, United Kingdom


    Sheldon Schultz
    Research Professor of Physics, Department of Physics, University of
    California San Diego
    San Diego, Calif., USA


    David R. Smith
    William Bevan Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and
    Director of the Center for Metamaterial and Integrated Plasmonics
    Duke University
    Chapel Hill, N.C., USA

      -- For their prediction and discovery of negative refraction.

Physiology or Medicine

    Elizabeth H. Blackburn
    Morris Herztein Professor of Biology and Physiology, Department of
    Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of California San Francisco
    San Francisco, Calif., USA


    Carol W. Greider
    Daniel Nathans Professor and Director, Department of Molecular Biology and
    Genetics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
    Baltimore, Md., USA


    Jack W. Szostak
    Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School and Alexander Rich
    Distinguished Investigator at Massachusetts General Hospital; also, Howard
    Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
    Boston, Mass., USA

      -- For their roles in the discovery of and pioneering research on
         telomeres and telomerases.

    James E. Rothman
    Wallace Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Professor and Chairman of Cell
    Biology, Professor of Chemistry, Yale University
    New Haven, Conn., USA


    Randy Schekman
    Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California
    Berkeley; also, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
    Berkeley, Ca., USA

      -- For their research on cellular membrane trafficking.

    Seiji Ogawa
    Director, Ogawa Laboratories for Brain Function Research, Hamano Life
    Science Research Foundation
    Tokyo, Japan

      -- For his fundamental discoveries leading to functional magnetic
         resonance imaging (fMRI), which has revolutionized basic research in
         brain science and diagnosis in clinical medicine.


    Ernst Fehr
    Professor and Director of the Institute for Empirical Research in
    Economics, University of Zurich
    Zurich, Switzerland


    Matthew J. Rabin
    Edward G. and Nancy S. Jordan Professor of Economics, Department of
    Economics, University of Berkeley
    Berkeley, Calif., USA

      -- For their contributions to behavioral economics, including issues of
         preferences, fairness, and cooperation.

    William D. Nordhaus
    Sterling Professor of Economics, Yale University
    New Haven, Conn., USA


    Martin L. Weitzman
    Professor of Economics, Harvard University
    Cambridge, Mass., USA

      -- For their contributions to environmental economics, particularly with
         respect to climate change.

    John B. Taylor
    Mary and Robert Raymond Professor of Economics, Stanford University, and
    Bowen H. and Mary Arthur McCoy Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
    Stanford, Calif., USA


    Jordi Gali
    Professor, Department of Economics and Director of the Center for Research
    in International Economics, Pompeu Fabra University
    Barcelona, Spain


    Mark L. Gertler
    Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Economics, New York University
    New York, N.Y., USA

      -- For their research on monetary policy.

For detailed information about each of the Citation Laureates, including information about their areas of study, and to read about previously named Citation Laureates who are still in the running, visit the Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates website at

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