Bengaluru: It’s a matter of great joy and pride for all of us Indians as a new list compiled by Stanford University, Elsevier Research Intelligence and SciTech strategies has revealed that six scientists from India have been ranked among the top 10 contributors to their fields globally, as reported by India Times.  

It further notes that 11 scientists are among the top 10 most cited in their fields in the past year. 

What is important to note is that the list is essentially a database of top scientists in the world. Out of the total 1.6 lakh most cited scientists around the globe, 1,490 of them are from India. Just looking over past year’s most cited scientists, 2,313 are from our nation.

Within their own separate fields, 26 Indian scientists are among the top 50 most cited scientists, whereas 66 are among the top 100. Moreover, these numbers are far better when you look at last year’s data where there were 44 Indian scientists among the top 50 in their own subfields, the website adds. 

The scientists on the list include 22 faculty members and researchers from IIT Guwahati and seven faculty members of Tezpur University. Moreover, the list also includes faculty members from Cotton University, Guwahati University and Assam University. 

An IIT Guwahati press release revealed their faculty members were listed from a variety of fields in science including the Departments of Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Chemical Engineering, Biosciences and Bioengineering, Chemistry, Electrical and Electronics.

Press release from Tezpur University revealed that all seven scientists from their institution were classified into 22 scientific fields and 176 sub-fields. 

Lauding the efforts of the scientists who have made it to the list, Professor T.G. Sitharam, Director at IIT Guwahati said, "This recognition of several faculty in the world's top 2 percent of Scientists List has placed IIT Guwahati in the global map of Science and has brought great pride to the Institute. I congratulate all of them."

The list was made by Stanford’s Professor John P. A Loannidis and his team. The study was also published in the prestigious online scientific journal PLOS Biology, the website further notes.