World List Names Ten Researchers at Norwich Research Park Among 2019's Most Influential

20 November 2019

Ten science researchers, based at Norwich Research Park, have been named in the annual Highly Cited Researchers 2019 List. The Web of Science Group list, now in its sixth year, recognises the most influential researchers on a global scale. The list represents those researchers ranking in the top 1% by citations*1 for their field.

The citation analysis identifies influential researchers of global importance that have consistently won recognition in the form of high citation counts over a decade. The 2019 list is a measure of the exceptional impact that scientists at Norwich Research Park are making globally.

The ten scientists named on the Highly Cited Researchers 2019 List are:

  • Professor Sophien Kamoun, The Sainsbury Laboratory – study of how plant pathogens infect plants and the plant processes that they modulate to develop novel disease-resistant crops
  • Professor Cyril Zipfel, The Sainsbury Laboratory – study of plant innate immunity and how to engineer sustainable broad-spectrum disease-resistance in crops
  • Professor Jonathan Jones, The Sainsbury Laboratory – study of influence of pathogens on plant disease and resistance to find and clone new sources of resistance to potato late blight
  • Professor Tony Miller, John Innes Centre – study of membrane transporters with plant nutrition to improve the efficiency of fertiliser use
  • Professor Cristobal Uauy, John Innes Centre – study of genetics and genomics to improve yield and quality components in wheat
  • Professor Phil Jones, University of East Anglia – study of climate change and the detection and attribution of climate
  • Professor Corinne Le Quéré, University of East Anglia – study of the interactions between climate change and the carbon cycle
  • Professor Carlos Peres, University of East Anglia – study of wildlife community ecology in Amazonian forests and biodiversity conservations
  • Professor David Livermore, University of East Anglia – study of the evolution and dissemination of antibiotic resistance and its relationship to antibiotic prescribing
  • Prof Robert Nicholls, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research - study of long-term coastal engineering and management, particularly the issues of coastal impacts and adaptation to climate change


    The methodology that determines the who’s who of influential researchers draws on the data and analysis performed by bibliometric experts from the Institute for Scientific Information at the Web of Science Group.

David Parfrey, Executive Chair for Anglia Innovation Partnership LLP that runs Norwich Research Park said:

“I am really delighted to see that yet again Norwich Research Park has been recognised globally for the excellence of its science-based research. It demonstrates the research strength and outstanding achievements of the work of our Partner organisations. The world is facing challenges the like of which we have not seen before; food shortages, climate change and an ageing population to name but three. Norwich Research Park is the place where some of the answers to these global challenges can be found and where this ground-breaking research is being translated into real-life applications through new business start-ups. We have established a platform at Norwich Research Park for successful translations and plan to grow the number of businesses that call it their home.”

Professor Nick Talbot, Director of The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL), said: “This list provides further substantiation of The Sainsbury Laboratory’s position as home to some of the world’s most talented and influential researchers in the world. I am proud that we perform at such a high level, consistently making fundamental discoveries in plant and microbial research and training the next generation of scientists.  We also have many ‘Highly Cited Researchers’ of tomorrow among our students and postdocs at TSL of whom I am equally proud.”

UEA Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Richardson said: “This great achievement demonstrates UEA’s world-leading research excellence in the fields of both climate science and health. I am delighted that, together with our partners across Norwich Research Park, this leading position for research citations confirms Norwich’s national and global influence.” 

Over 6,000 highly recited researchers from just under 60 nations are named in the 2019 list in 21 fields of sciences and social sciences.  The UK is ranked third overall with 517 Highly Cited Researchers behind the US (2,737) and China (636).

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.”