Stanford University recently released a list reflecting the top 2% of the most-cited scientists across the various fields and disciplines. The list contains approximately 160,000 researchers from over 149 countries in 22 scientific disciplines and 176 sub-fields.
The list ranked five graduates of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU) in the top ten of the researchers in the world in their fields of research – three of them are still active researchers at the university. This is the highest representation from any of the Israeli academic alumni associations.
Included on the list are:
- Dror Feitelson from HU’s Rachel And Selim School of Computer Science & Engineering is ranked 8th in the field of artificial intelligence
- Emeritus Itamar Willner of HU’s Faculty of Science is ranked in 10th place in the field of nanotechnology
- Emeritus Arik Cohen of HU’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology is ranked 4th
- Yitzhak Marcus, who retired from HU’s Institute of Chemistry, is ranked 6th in the field of chemistry
Prof. Steve Weiner, who studied at Hebrew University, and is currently working at the Weizmann Institute of Science, is ranked number one in the world in history.
Moreover, 21 Hebrew University graduates were ranked among the top 50 researchers in the world in their field, ranging from the humanities and social sciences to biomedical research. Among others, this list includes active researchers at the Hebrew University, including Prof. Tzvi Piran of the Racah Institute of Physics at the Hebrew University (13), Prof. Noam Nissan, Dean of the Rachel and Selim Benin School of Computer Science and Engineering (16), Prof. Sergiu Hugh Hart of the Bogen Family Department of Economics (19), Prof. Itamar Gati of the Seymour Fox School of Education (20), Prof. David Weisbord of the Institute of Criminology (23), and Prof. Rafael Mechoulam of the School of Pharmacy (26).
A total of 1,630 researchers from Israel were included in the lists, of whom 292 are active researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (about 20 percent).
The paper is available here: https://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.3000918