Clarivate Reveals 2022 Citation Winners – Annual List of Nobel Class Scholars

64 citation winners named by the Institute for Scientific Information went on to receive a Nobel Prize

London, UK, September 21, 2022: Clarivate Plc (NYSE: CLVT), a global leader in providing insight and trusted insights to accelerate the pace of innovation, today named 20 world-class researchers from four countries as Citation Laureates™. These are researchers whose work is considered “Nobel-class”, as evidenced by analyzes carried out by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI)™, which is part of Clarivate.

The contributions of this year’s citation winners include transformative breast and ovarian cancer research, flexible ‘electronic skin’, economics of happiness and well-being and more. Fourteen of the winners are based at leading academic institutions in the United States, three are based in Japan, two are based in the United Kingdom, and one is based in Germany.

Every year since 2002, ISI analysts have relied on publication and citation data from Web of Science™ to identify influential researchers in the areas of research recognized by the Nobel Prizes: physiology or medicine, physics, chemistry and economy. Of some 55 million articles and reviews indexed in the Web of Science since 1970, only about 7,600 (0.01%) have been cited 2,000 times or more. It is among the authors of this group of articles that the Citation Laureates are identified and selected. They are people whose research publications are highly cited and whose contributions to their fields have been extremely influential, even transformative.

At the beginning of October 2022, the Nobel Assembly will vote to confer the highest scientific distinction. While this annual rite inspires global speculation, Clarivate is the only organization to use quantitative data in addition to qualitative assessment to provide valuable insight into who might be chosen. To date, 64 citation laureates listed in the Hall of Citation Laureates have received a Nobel Prize.

The 2022 citation winners are:

physiology or medicine

Masato HasegawaHead of Department of Brain and Neuroscience, Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science, Tokyo, Japan, and
Virginia Man-Yee Lee, John H. Ware 3rd Endowed Professor of Alzheimer’s Disease Research and Director of the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA

For the identification of TDP-43, a pathological signature of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD), and for other contributions to the study of neurodegenerative diseases

Marie-Claire KingProfessor of Medicine and Genome Sciences, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA

To demonstrate hereditary susceptibility to breast and ovarian cancer and uncover the role played by mutations in the BRCA1 gene

Stuart H. Orkin, David G. Nathan Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; and Howard Hughes Medical Institute researcher

For basic research into the genetic basis of blood diseases and to advance gene therapy for sickle cell disease and beta-thalassemia


Emmanuel Bloch, Scientific Director, Max-Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, Garching, Germany; Professor of Experimental Physics, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany

For groundbreaking research into quantum many-body systems using ultracold atomic and molecular gases, paving the way for quantum simulations of “artificial solids”

Stephen R. Quake, Chief Scientist, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Redwood City, CA, USA; Lee Otterson Professor of Bioengineering and Applied Physics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

For his contributions to the physics of fluid phenomena at the nanoliter scale

Takashi Taniguchimember and director of the International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Tsukuba, Japan, and
Kenji WatanabeChief Researcher, Electrical and Electronic Materials Field, Electroceramics Group, Functional Materials Research Center, National Institute of Materials Science (NIMS), Tsukuba, Japan

For the manufacture of high-quality hexagonal boron nitride crystals, the availability of which has enabled a revolution in research into the electronic behavior of two-dimensional materials


Zhenan BaoKK Lee Professor of Chemical Engineering, Director, Stanford Wearable Electronics Initiative (eWEAR), Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

For the development of new biomimetic applications of organic and polymeric electronic materials, including flexible “electronic skin”

Bonnie L. Bassler, Squibb Professor of Molecular Biology and Chair of Molecular Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, USA; and Howard Hughes Medical Institute researcher, and
E. Peter GreenbergProfessor of Microbiology, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA

For research on the regulation of gene expression in bacteria by quorum sensing, a chemical communication system

Daniel G. NoceraPatterson Rockwood Professor of Energy, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

For fundamental experimental and theoretical contributions to proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) and its application to energy science and biology


Daron AcemogluInstitute Professor, Department of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and
Simon JohnsonRonald A. Kurtz (1954) Professor of Entrepreneurship in Economics and Professor of Global Economics and Management, MIT Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and
James A. RobinsonReverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies and Director of the Institute, The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA

For an in-depth analysis of the role of political and economic institutions in shaping national development

Samuel Bowles, Research Professor and Behavioral Science Program Director, Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA; Emeritus Professor, Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA, and
Herbert Gintis, Emeritus Professor, Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA; External Professor, Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

For providing evidence and models that expand our understanding of economic behavior to include not only self-interest, but also reciprocity, altruism, and other forms of social cooperation

Richard A. EasterlinEmeritus University Professor of Economics, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA, and
Richard LayardCo-Director, Community Wellbeing Programme, Center for Economic Performance, London School of Economics, London, UK, and
Andrew J. OswaldProfessor of Economics and Behavioral Science, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

For his pioneering contributions to the economics of happiness and subjective well-being

David Pendlebury, Head of Research Analytics at ISI, said: “The impact of this year’s Citation Laureates is immense and represents transformational and pioneering research. It is an honor to recognize and celebrate their work, which Clarivate considers Nobel class. We expect some of these research elites to go on to receive a Nobel Prize, demonstrating once again the close connection between their substantial citation records and their influence on their peers.

Commenting on his recognition as a Citation Laureate, E. Peter Greenberg, Professor of Microbiology at the University of Washington School of Medicine, said, “The scientific enterprise is not about people and personalities, but rather the discovery and progress. We stand on the shoulders of others. I was therefore pleasantly surprised to be selected as a Citation Laureate as this honor is different from others in that it recognizes the impact of one’s body of publications. I was on the ground floor of something that blossomed, and what we posted caught the attention of our peers. This reflects an active field of dynamic researchers and teams publishing and referencing our work, and to have witnessed the evolution of our field is, to me, pretty neat.

To learn more about the list methodology and see our Hall of Citation winners, please visit our website.

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Notes to Editors

David Pendlebury, head of research analysis at the Clarivate Institute for Science Information is available for an interview.

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