Area Scientist Ranked Fourth Most Highly Cited Researcher In High Energy Physics
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Dimitri Nanopoulos, head of the Houston Advanced Research Center’s Astroparticle Physics Group, holder of the rank of Distinguished Professor of Physics at Texas A&M University, and Chair of Theoretical Physics at the Academy of Athens, has been ranked as the fourth most frequently cited high-energy physicist by SPIRES, Stanford University’s public information retrieval system.
On the SPIRES-HEP (high energy physics) listing, Nanopoulos’s 24,031 citations come only after those of Edward Witten’s 52,473, Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg’s 29,718, and John R. Ellis’s 28,221 citations.
A citation occurs when a researcher’s published paper lists your work as a reference at the end of the paper. The SPIRES High Energy Physics Literature Database is operated by the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center at Stanford University. The site address for the listing is http://www.slac.stanford.edu/spires/hep/analytics/author.rank.sort.shtml.
Last year, Nanopoulos was named an original member of the “Highly Cited Researchers” – database. That distinction, awarded by ISI ®, (the Institute for Scientific Information, Inc.), recognized Nanopoulos as one of the “most highly cited, influential researchers in his field,” having more than 23,230 citations at the time. The list, published on ISI’s “Highly Cited Researchers” web site in 2001, is composed of “less than one half of one percent of all publishing researchers.”
An international expert in physics, Nanopoulos is recognized for the development of “grand unified theories,” mathematical models that combine the physical forces that underlie the structure of the universe in a set of equations, and the use of those theories in studying the origins and evolution of the universe. Most recently he has arrived at some unique calculations that are challenging Einstein’s E=MC2 theory.*
Nanopoulos and his collaborators are finding that the speed of light is frequency-dependent. “A change in the usual speed of light value of 186,282 miles per second is noticeable only for light coming from astronomical objects situated very far from Earth, which is why this frequency dependence has not been observed earlier,” he explains. For this research, Nanopoulos and his collaborators won the 1999 First Award of the Gravity Research Foundation.
In 1997, Nanopoulos became the youngest member elected to the Academy of Athens’ Natural and Applied Sciences, the most prestigious scientific organization in Greece. He has written more than 500 research articles, which have been published in numerous scientific journals. He is a graduate of the University of Athens and received his doctorate from the University of Sussex in England.
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