Trinity Scientists Chosen for Thomson Reuters 2014 World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds List

Posted on: 30 June 2014

Two Trinity College Dublin scientists have been selected to join 3000 authors from around the world in Thomson Reuters’ new compilation of influential names in science. Professor Luke O’Neill, Professor of Biochemistry, School of Biochemistry and Immunology in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI) and Professor Jonathan Coleman, Professor of Chemical Physics in the School of Physics will appear in the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers website and 2014 World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds report which has been recently launched.

Professors O’Neill and Coleman join only seven other Irish scientists on this illustrious list of authors who rank among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication (between 2002 and 2012). Professor O’Neill has been included among other notable scientists in the field of immunology and Professor Coleman has been included for his work in material science. According to Thomson Reuters the selected authors’ published work in their specialty areas “has consistently been judged by peers to be of particular significance and utility.”

Thomson Reuters states that those acknowledged in the 2014 World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds book is “…a person of influence in the sciences and social sciences. They are the people who are on the cutting edge of their fields. They are performing and publishing work that their peers recognise as vital to the advancement of their science. These researchers are, undoubtedly, among the most influential scientific minds of our time.”

Speaking about his inclusion in this collection of scientific researchers who have produced work that is most frequently acknowledged by peers, Professor O’Neill said: “I am absolutely delighted to make this list. It’s a huge testament to the work of my research team in Trinity over the past decade.”

Professor Coleman said: “I am delighted to be included with such distinguished scientists although most of the credit must go to the students and postdocs who did the actual work. I would also like to highlight the support I have received from both Trinity College and Science Foundation Ireland. Without them, this would have been impossible.” 

All the selected researchers were chosen by writing the greatest numbers of reports officially designated by Essential Science Indicators as Highly Cited Papers.

About Professor Jonathan Coleman:

Professor Coleman is currently Professor of Chemical Physics in the School of Physics and a Principal Investigator in CRANN, the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices. He is the head of the Chemical Physics of Low-Dimensional Nanostructures group. The main focus of this group is to conduct interdisciplinary research on the physics and chemistry of materials with an emphasis on low dimensional nanostructures. The main materials studied are graphene, carbon nanotubes, polymer inorganic nanowires and inorganic layered compounds.

About Professor Luke O’Neill:

Professor Luke O'Neill was appointed to the Chair of Biochemistry at Trinity College Dublin in 2008, where he leads the Inflammation Research Group. He is also Academic Director of the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute. His research is in the area of the molecular basis to inflammatory diseases, with a particular interest in pro-inflammatory cytokines and Toll-like receptors. He has published over 200 papers and reviews on his research, in journals such as Nature, Science, Cell, Nature Immunology, Nature Medicine, Nature Genetics and PNAS. He is on the editorial boards of 6 journals, including the Journal of Biological Chemistry and Trends in Immunology. He is also on the Board of Reviewing Editors for Science, covering Innate Immunity.

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