Jón Atli Benediktsson, rector of the University of Iceland, and Kári Stefánsson, CEO of deCODE genetics and professor at the University's Faculty of Medicine, are ranked on the new Clarivate Analytics list of the most influential researchers in the world.
Clarivate Analytics has published this list for the last five years, ranking the top 1% by citations for each field of study and publication year in international science journals. The list is based on the Web of Science database; this year taking note of citations from 2008 to 2018. The list includes over 6,200 research scientists in 21 fields of study and includes 23 Nobel Laureates.
Jón Atli Benediktsson is a professor of electrical engineering and has been working at the University of Iceland since 1991. He took office as rector of the University of Iceland on 1 July 2015. Jón Atli has been very productive in research and is author to over 300 scientific articles and book chapters in the field of electrical and computer engineering. He is one of the leading research scientist in the field of remote sensing, which involves taking digital images from planes and satellites and using these to extract data regarding the Earth's surface. His work is widely cited and he has been awarded various acknowledgements, both international and domestic.
Kári Stefánsson is founder and CEO of deCODE genetics, a global leader in analysing and understanding the human genome. Kári has been a professor at the University of Iceland since 2008. He has been awarded various international acknowledgements for his work, the latest being the Rigshospitalet's International KFJ Award.
Bernharð Örn Pálsson, professor at the University of California, San Diego, currently a guest lecturer at the University of Iceland is also placed on the list of the most influential research scientists in the world. He is professor of bioengineering and medicine and his specialisation lies in systems biology.
The list from Clarivate over the most influential research scientists in the world can be found on their website.