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September 19, 2012 - London

Quantum Teleportation among discoveries forecast for honors in Science; Economics selectees include man who predicted bubbles in the stock and housing markets

Philadelphia, PA, September 19, 2012 - With the eyes of the world firmly fixed on Stockholm and the upcoming announcement of the 2012 Nobel Prize recipients, the IP & Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world leader in intelligent information for businesses and professionals, announced its 2012 "Nobel-class" Citation Laureates today.

Annually, Thomson Reuters citation analysts mine proprietary data from the company's research platform, Web of Knowledge(TM), to identify the most influential researchers in the categories of chemistry, physics, physiology or medicine, and economics. Based on a thorough review of citations to their research, the company names these high-impact researchers as Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates and predicts them to be Nobel Prize winners, either this year or in the future.

"Our Citation Laureate selection process operates much like the Nobel Foundation's selection process," said David Pendlebury, Thomson Reuters citation analyst. "We recognize fundamental discoveries and identify the most important contributors to these discoveries. Our Citation Laureates have made such important contributions to science that we believe them to be peers of the Nobel Prize winners in every way; they simply have yet to win."

The Citation Laureates rank among the top one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of researchers in their fields in terms of citation impact, based on citations of their published papers over the last three decades. The 2012 Laureates include 21 influential researchers whose high-profile discoveries cover pioneering work such as quantum teleportation (Charles H. Bennett of IBM Corporation, Gilles Brassard of the University of Montreal and William K. Wootters of Williams College); the experimental demonstration of "slow light" (Stephen E. Harris of Stanford University and Lene V. Hau of Harvard University); and fundamental discoveries in genetic regulation (C. David Allis of Rockefeller University and Michael Grunstein of University of California, Los Angeles).

Also among the high-profile achievements of this year's picks is the pioneering work in financial market volatility and the dynamics of asset prices by Robert Shiller of Yale University. Shiller is known as the author of the best-selling book Irrational Exuberance, which warned of the damaging stock and housing market bubbles.

Thirteen of the 2012 Citation Laureates hail from American institutions, two are from Canada, three from Japan and three from the United Kingdom. Now in its eleventh consecutive year of predictions, Thomson Reuters has successfully predicted 26 Nobel Prize recipients to date.

For detailed information about the Citation Laureates and their fields of research, and to learn about previously named Citation Laureates who are still contending for a Nobel Prize, visit the Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates website at

Follow @nobelcitings and @TR_ScienceWatch on for up-to-the-minute news on the predictions and deeper insight into their fields of research. Facebook users are encouraged to submit their guesses for the 2012 Nobel Prize winners and take part in Nobel discussions on the Web of Knowledge Facebook page.

The 2012 Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates by Nobel Prize category are:

Louis E. Brus
Samuel Latham Mitchill Professor
Department of Chemistry
Columbia University
New York, New York, USA
For discovery of colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals (quantum dots)
Akira Fujishima
President, Tokyo University of Science
Special University Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo
Supreme Advisor, Kanagawa Academy of Science and Technology
Tokyo, Japan
For the discovery of photocatalytic properties of titanium dioxide (the Honda-Fujishima Effect)
Masatake Haruta
Adjunct Professor, Department of Applied Chemistry
Graduate School of Urban Environmental Sciences
Tokyo Metropolitan University
Tokyo, Japan
Graham J. Hutchings
Professor of Physical Chemistry and Director of the Cardiff Catalysis Center
Cardiff University
Cardiff, Wales U.K.
For independent foundational discoveries of catalysis by gold

Charles H. Bennett
IBM Fellow
Thomas J. Watson Research Center
IBM Corporation
Yorktown Heights, New York, USA
Gilles Brassard
Canada Research Chair in Quantum Information Processing
University of Montreal
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
William K. Wootters
Barclay Jermain Professor of Natural Philosophy
Department of Physics
Williams College,
 Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA
For their pioneering description of a protocol for quantum teleportation, which has since been
experimentally verified
Leigh T. Canham
Chief Scientific Officer
pSiMedica Ltd.
Honorary Professor
School of Physics and Astronomy
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, England, U.K.
For discovery of photoluminescence in porous silicon
Stephen E. Harris
Kenneth and Barbara Oshman Professor of Electrical Engineering and Professor of Applied Physics Emeritus
Stanford University
Stanford, California, USA
Lene V. Hau
Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and Applied Physics
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
For the experimental demonstration of electromagnetically induced transparency (Harris) and of  'slow light' (Harris and Hau)


C. David Allis
Tri-Institutional Professor and Joy and Jack Fishman Professor
Head, Laboratory of Chromatin Biology and Epigenetics
Rockefeller University
 New York, New York, USA


Michael Grunstein
Distinguished Professor of Biological Chemistry
Geffen School of Medicine
University of California Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California, USA
For fundamental discoveries concerning histone modifications and their role in genetic regulation
Anthony "Tony" R. Hunter
American Cancer Society Professor
Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory
Renato Dulbecco Chair
Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Adjunct Professor, Section of Molecular Biology
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, California, USA
For the discovery of tyrosine phosphorylation and contributions to understanding protein kinases and their role in signal transduction
Anthony "Tony" J. Pawson
Distinguished Scientist and Apotex Chair in Molecular Oncology
Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital
Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
For identification of the phosphotyrosine binding SH2 domain and demonstrating its function in protein-protein interactions

Richard O. Hynes
Daniel K. Ludwig Professor for Cancer Research
David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Erkki Ruoslahti
Distinguished Professor, Center for Nanomedicine
Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute
University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California, USA
Masatoshi Takeichi
Director, RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology
Kobe, Japan
For pioneering discoveries of cell adhesion molecules, Hynes and Ruoslahti for integrins and Takeichi for cadherins

Sir Anthony B. Atkinson
Research Professor, Department of Economics
Oxford University,
Oxford, England U.K.
For studies of income inequality and contributions to welfare state and public sector economics\
Angus S. Deaton
Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs and Professor of Economics and International Affairs
Woodrow Wilson School
Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey, USA
For empirical research on consumption, income and savings, poverty and health, and well-being
Stephen A. Ross
Franco Modigliani Professor of Financial Economics and Professor of Finance
The MIT Sloan School of Management
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
For his arbitrage pricing theory and other fundamental contributions to finance
Robert J. Shiller
Arthur M. Okun Professor of Economics
Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics and Professor of Finance
The International Center for Finance
Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut, USA
For pioneering contributions to financial market volatility and the dynamics of asset prices

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