Portsmouth Cosmologist is named one of the world’s most Highly Cited Researchers

Bob Nichol

Professor Nichol's research focuses on observations of the of the Universe

  • 21 November 2019
  • 2 min read

Professor Bob Nichol from the University of Portsmouth has been named as one of the world’s most Highly Cited Researchers.

The Web of Science Group has recognised Professor Nichol, who is Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation and previously Co-director of the University’s Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, in their Highly Cited Researchers 2019 list, released today.

Professor Nichol’s research focuses on observations of the universe to further our understanding of the mysterious properties of dark matter and dark energy.

By working together we changed astronomy and I’m proud of my small part in these amazing projects.

Professor Bob Nichol, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation

Professor Nichol said: “This recognition is due to my involvement in some great international science projects like the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and the Dark Energy Survey. By working together we changed astronomy and I’m proud of my small part in these amazing projects. I am also proud of how we made the data from these projects available to everyone, including the public via fantastic citizen science platforms like GalaxyZoo.” 

The Highly Cited Researchers list identifies scientists and social scientists who produced multiple papers ranking in the top 1 per cent by citations for their field and year of publication, demonstrating significant research influence among their peers.

These researchers create gains for society, innovation and knowledge that make the world healthier, richer, more sustainable and more secure.

David Pendlebury, Senior Citation Analyst at the Institute for Scientific Information

David Pendlebury, Senior Citation Analyst at the Institute for Scientific Information said: “Recognition and support of these exceptional researchers represents an important activity for a nation or an institution’s plans for efficient and accelerated advancement. The Highly Cited Researchers list contributes to the identification of that small fraction of the researcher population that contributes disproportionately to extending the frontiers of knowledge. These researchers create gains for society, innovation and knowledge that make the world healthier, richer, more sustainable and more secure.”

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