Mark Newman, Anatol Rapoport Distinguished University Professor of Complex Systems and Physics has been chosen as a 2021 Citation Laureate recognizing his “wide-ranging research on network systems including work on community structure and random graph models”. 

Each year, London based Clarivate (known as the publisher of the ‘Science Citation Index’), confers the honor of Citation Laureate on a handful of individuals or research groups in each of the science research areas recognized by Nobel Prizes: Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry and Economics. The Clarivate Citation Laureates have had a good track record of being predictors of Nobel prize winners; since they started awarding the Citation Laureates in 2002, 59 of their choices have gone on to win Nobel Prizes. 

David Pendlebury, Senior Citation Analyst at the Institute for Scientific Information at Clarivate said: “For a paper to be cited 2,000 times or more is a rarity. Authors of very highly cited papers are usually members of national academies of sciences, hold senior appointments in universities and other research institutes, and have received many top international prizes in their fields. Indeed, many of them have helped to shape their fields of study. Some of these ‘scientific elites’ go on to receive Nobel honors, demonstrating each year the association between citations in the literature, influence through a research community, and peer judgement.”

Professor Newman's 2003 SIAM REVIEW article “The structure of scientific collaboration networks” is the most cited article in the publication’s 60 years and one of the most cited in all of mathematics. 

Professor Newman’s research is on the mathematical theory of networked systems, such as computer networks and social networks, touching on topics such as the spread of disease through populations, the “six degrees of separation,” and the network structure of online dating.  You can read more about his work here.  He has been the recipient of numerous other honors and awards.  He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society.  He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a Simons Fellow in Theoretical Physics, and was winner of the ISI Lagrange Prize in 2014 and the Euler Award of the Network Science Society in 2021.

This seems like a good place to include a reminder that The Nobel Prize winners will be announced starting Monday, October 4, 2021. All information and live announcements can be found on the Nobel Prize website AND watch for details about the Annual Complex Systems Nobel Symposium analyzing the 2021 prize winners, which will be held in December.