Thomson Scientific, a leading information company, has analyzed data from 224 journals and 150,000 scientific papers published during the last decade and found that Frank C. Hawthorne is the most-cited geoscientist in the world with 2,204 citations.
“I hadn’t realized it was so high,” he says modestly.
Out of the 25 most-cited geologists in the world, the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources mineralogist took top honors, Thomson Scientific announced in a press release. The company also noted that one particular Hawthorne paper had been cited more than 260 times. Hawthorne is also the only researcher to have been ranked in Science Watch’s previous report in 2001 and in this current survey. Science Watch is the online version of Thomson Scientific.
Thomson Scientific also included its top 10 list of institutions ranked according to number of citations. During the same time period, from 1996 to 2007, the U.S. Geological Survey had 23,172, NASA had 20,303, and the University of Colorado 15,365. Comparatively, Hawthorne had about one-tenth the total citations of the first place institution.
Dr. Frank Hawthorne and his wife, Dr. Elena Sokolova both teach and conduct research in the geological science department at the University of Manitoba.
As if that wasn’t remarkable enough, they both share another distinction: they both have had minerals named for them by the International Mineralogical Association. Sokolovaite is a rare mineral found in remote regions of Tajikistan, and Frank hawthorneite is a greenish crystal found in Utah.
“We’re not the only husband and wife team with minerals named after us,” Hawthorne notes. “Marie Curie and her husband Pierre also had minerals named after them, honouring them for their research.”
In 2006, Hawthorne was elected as a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences in recognition of his outstanding research contributions and named as an Officer of the Order of Canada. Among other projects, Hawthorne and Sokolova are currently working with Russian scientists examining rocks recovered from the Kola Superdeep Borehole in northwestern Russia, the world’s deepest drill-hole, extending down 12.2 kilometres.