November 16, 2021
UC San Diego has the ninth-largest collection of highly cited researchers in the world and is close to passing UC Berkeley and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, says an annual assessment of global brain power by Clarivate, a British science data company.
The new list says the University of California San Diego has 56 highly cited scientists, and that an additional 32 elite scholars work at local institutions such as Scripps Research, the Salk Institute, the La Jolla Institute for Immunology, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, San Diego State University and Rady Children’s Hospital.
Clarivate’s rankings are considered to be the “who’s who” of science, covering fields ranging from chemistry and physics to clinical medicine and engineering.
The company says its list identifies researchers “who demonstrated significant influence in their chosen field or fields through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade.”
Their names are “drawn from the publications that rank in the top 1 percent by citations for field and publication year in the Web of Science citation index.”
About 6,600 scientists worldwide made this year’s list. The United States led the way with 2,622 researchers, including Ardem Patapoutian of Scripps Research, who won this year’s Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. Sixteen other Scripps Research scientists were chosen, including Dennis Burton and Ian Wilson, who played major roles over the past 18 months in determining the nature of COVID-19.