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Southampton chemists among the best in the world

Published: 14 April 2011

Four Southampton scientists have been named in the latest list of the world’s highest-achieving chemists on the magazine Chemistry World’s website.

They are Professors Phil Bartlett, Phil Gale and Malcolm Levitt together with Emeritus Professor Mike Hursthouse.

The quartet feature in the list of chemists with the highest h-indices in the world. The h-index, which was devised by physicist Jorge Hirsh in 2005, is used to measure the research impact of living scientists. Their position on the list is determined according to the highest number of papers they have published which have each amassed at least that number of citations.

The list of high h-index scientists was compiled by Henry Schaefer, of the University of Georgia in the US, using the rankings from the ISI Web of Science.

Professor Steven Hawkins, Dean, Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences says: “This set of rankings confirms the outstanding quality of Chemistry in Southampton as evidenced by independent quantitative bibliometrics – well done!”

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