UC San Diego is the ninth largest university in the world with the highest number of cited researchers and is close to surpassing UC Berkeley and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, according to an annual assessment of global intellectual power by Clarivate, a British scientific data company. .
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The new list indicates that the University of California San Diego has 56 highly cited scientists, and that another 32 elite specialists work in local institutions such as Scripps Research, the Salk Institute, the La Jolla Institute for Immunology, the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, San Diego State University, and Rady Children’s Hospital.
Clarivate ratings are considered the who is who science, spanning fields ranging from chemistry and physics to clinical medicine and engineering.
The company says its list identifies researchers “who have demonstrated significant influence in their chosen field or fields by publishing multiple highly cited articles over the past decade.”
Their names are “drawn from publications that rank in the top 1 percent cited by field and year of publication in the citation index of Web of Science”.
About 6,600 scientists from around the world are on this year’s list. The United States tops the list with 2,622 researchers, including Ardem Patapoutian of Scripps Research, who won this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Sixteen other scientists from Scripps Research were chosen, including Dennis Burton and Ian Wilson, who played an important role in the past 18 months in determining the nature of COVID-19.
Another Scripps scientist, Jin-Quan Yu, is on the list and is considered a candidate for the Nobel Prize for his efforts to streamline chemical reactions, essential for drug development.
The UC San Diego group includes Rob Knight, one of the leading figures in the study of the microbiome, the collection of good and bad microbes that live on people’s skin and in their mouths and intestines.
Knight also drew attention last year for creating a sensor network that looked for the presence of COVID-19 in drainage from campus buildings. The program turned out to be very effective, helping the school to identify people who had been infected so that they could be quarantined.
UC San Diego is 160 years younger than MIT. But it only has eight fewer people on the list, suggesting it could catch up or surpass the famous institute in the next few years.
This is the list of the 10 institutions with the highest number of highly cited researchers.
1. Harvard, 214
2. Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, 194
3. Stanford, 122
4. National Institutes of Health, 93
5. Max Planck Society, Germany, 70
6. MIT, 64
7. UC Berkeley, 62
8. Tsinghua University, China, 58
9. UC San Diego, 56
10. University of Oxford, 51
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UC San Diego is the ninth university with the most scientists in the world and could soon surpass MIT