Thomson Reuters Predicts 2014 Nobel Laureates, Researchers Forecast for Nobel Recognition

Thomson Reuters Predicts 2014 Nobel Laureates, Researchers Forecast for Nobel Recognition

Discovery of OLED, Advances in Pain Management and Genetic Predisposition to Disease Lead 2014 Picks

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world leader in intelligent information for businesses and professionals, announced its 2014 “Nobel-class” Citation Laureates today. Having accurately forecast 35 Nobel Prize winners since its inception in 2002, the annual Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates study mines scientific research citations to identify the most influential researchers in the fields of chemistry, physics, medicine and economics.

This year, noteworthy nominees on the Thomson Reuters list include, in the field of physiology or medicine, David Julius, for elucidating the molecular workings of how our nerves process the sensation of pain, opening the way to new advances in pain management; and, Charles Lee, Stephen W. Scherer, and Michael H. Wigler, for their research clarifying how specific genetic variations link to disease. In physics, the list includes Peidong Yang, for his work with light-generating nanowires which can be used for data storage and optical computing. In chemistry, Ching W. Tang and Steven Van Slyke are notable for their invention of the organic light emitting diode, a technology that is now ubiquitous in smartphones, tablets and high definition televisions. In economics, William J. Baumol and Israel M. Kirzner are noted for their advancement of the study of entrepreneurism.

The complete list of the 2014 Nobel predictions includes 27 researchers representing 27 distinct academic and research organizations across nine different countries.

“As imitation is one of the most sincere forms of flattery, so too are scientific literature citations one of the greatest dividends of a researcher’s intellectual investment,” said Basil Moftah, president of Thomson Reuters IP & Science. “The aggregate of such citations points to individuals who have contributed the most impactful work and allows us to identify candidates likely to receive a Nobel Prize.”

The annual Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates study is based on an analysis of proprietary data within the Web of ScienceTM — the premier global search and discovery platform for the sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities–which identifies the most influential researchers in the categories of chemistry, physics, physiology or medicine, and economics. After a thorough review of citations, along with various qualitative measures, Thomson Reuters analysts identify the highest-impact researchers to be included among its Citation Laureates, who are likely winners of the Nobel Prize now or in the future.

For detailed information on the methodology of this study, the Citation Laureates, and their fields of research, visit ScienceWatch, an open-Web resource for science metrics and research performance analysis.

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The 2014 Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates by Nobel Prize category are:


Charles L. Kane – Class of 1965 Endowed Term Chair Professor of Physics, University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA USA


Laurens W. Molenkamp – Professor of Physics and Chair of Experimental Physics, University of Würzburg, Würzburg, GERMANY


Shoucheng Zhang – J.G. Jackson and C.J. Wood Professor of Physics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA USA

For theoretical and experimental research on the quantum spin Hall effect and topological insulators

James F. Scott – Director of Research, Department of Physics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK


Ramamoorthy Ramesh – Professor, Physics and MSE, and Associate Lab Director for Energy Technologies, University of California Berkeley

Berkeley, CA USA


Yoshinori Tokura* – Director, RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science, and Professor, Department of Applied Physics, The University of Tokyo, Saitama and Tokyo, JAPAN

For their pioneering research on ferroelectric memory devices (Scott) and new multiferroic materials

(Ramesh and Tokura). *Tokura was previously named a Citation Laureate in 2002.

Peidong Yang – S. K. and Angela Chan Distinguished Chair in Energy, Department of Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, University of California Berkeley, Kavli Energy Nanoscience Institute, and Materials Science Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley, CA USA

For his contributions to nanowire photonics including the creation of first nanowire nanolaser


Charles T. Kresge – Chief Technology Officer, Saudi Aramco, Dhahran, SAUDI ARABIA

Ryong Ryoo – Director, Center for Nanomaterials and Chemical Reactions, Institute for Basic Science and Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) Daejeon, SOUTH KOREA

Galen D. Stucky – E. Khashoggi Industries, LLC Professor in Letters and Science, University of California SantaBarbara, Santa Barbara, CA USA

For design of functional mesoporous materials

Graeme Moad – Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO, Clayton, Victoria, AUSTRALIA

Ezio Rizzardo – CSIRO Fellow, CSIRO, Clayton, Victoria, AUSTRALIA

San H. Thang –  Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO ,Clayton, Victoria, AUSTRALIA

For development of the reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization process.

Ching W. Tang –  Professor of Chemical Engineering and Bank of East Asia Professor, Institute for Advanced Study, University of Rochester, and Chair Professor in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Chemistry, and Physics, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology , Rochester, NY USA and Hong Kong, CHINA

Steven Van Slyke – Chief Technology Officer, Kateeva , Menlo Park, CA USA

For their invention of the organic light emitting diode


Philippe M. Aghion – Robert C. Waggoner Professor of Economics, Harvard University ,Cambridge, MA USA

Peter W. Howitt – Lyn Crost Professor Emeritus of Social Sciences and Professor Emeritus of Economics, Brown University Providence, RI USA

For contributions to Schumpeterian growth theory

William J. Baumol – Professor of Economics and Harold Price Professor of Entrepreneurship, New York University, New York, NY USA

Israel M. Kirzner – Emeritus Professor of Economics, New York University, New York, NY USA

For their advancement of the study of entrepreneurism

Mark S. Granovetter –  Joan Butler Ford Professor and Chair of Sociology, and Joan Butler Ford Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, CA USA

For his pioneering research in economic sociology

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