Mark S. Seidenberg one of 29 most cited UW-Madison faculty

By Terry Devitt, UW Communications

Mark S. Seidenberg, professor of psychology and an investigator in the Communication & Cognitive Processes Unit of the Waisman Center, is one of twenty-nine UW-Madison faculty members identified as the most cited researchers in their fields over two decades, according to a recent survey by Thomson ISI, a leading citation indexing company. Citations of published research are key indicators of the influence of scholarly work.

The survey, which covered 21 broad subject areas in the life sciences, medicine, the social sciences, the physical sciences and engineering, covers the period from 1981 to 1999. Fewer than one-half of one percent of researchers who published during that time are listed, giving some indication of the broad influence of their published works.

“Having your work cited by your colleagues is high praise,” says Martin Cadwallader, dean of the UW-Madison Graduate School. “It tells you that your work is valued by others and is being used by many people in your field as a foundation for understanding and advancing new knowledge.”

Cadwallader says he was pleased to see not only the high number of faculty who made the exclusive list, but to see that the UW-Madison faculty on the list represent a broad range of disciplines, from the natural sciences to the social sciences, education and engineering.

Other UW-Madison faculty listed among the most highly cited include:

  • Lyn Y. Abramson, psychology
  • Ross B, Barmish, electric and computer engineering
  • George E.P. Box, industrial engineering and statistics
  • Larry L. Bumpass, sociology
  • Stephen R. Carpenter, zoology and limnology
  • Y. Austin Chang, material science and engineering
  • Carl de Boor, mathematics
  • Hector F. DeLuca, biochemistry
  • Dennis Charles DeMets, geology and geophysics
  • John S. Gallagher, astronomy
  • Oliver J. Ginther, animal health and biomedical sciences
  • Ric R. Grummer, dairy science
  • Robert J. Hamers, chemistry
  • Franz J. Himpsel, physics
  • John E. Kutzbach, atmospheric and oceanic sciences
  • Elmer H. Marth, food microbiology and toxicology and food science
  • John S. Mathis, astronomy
  • Alexander Nagel, mathematics
  • Norman F. Olson, food science
  • Thomas Reps, computer science
  • Larry Samuelson, economics
  • Blair D. Savage, astronomy
  • Thomas D. Sharkey, botany
  • John W. Valley, geology and geophysics
  • Grace Wahba, statistics
  • Kenneth D. West, economics
  • Robert West, chemistry
  • Kenneth M. Zeichner, curriculum and instruction