Researcher ranked number one
A University of Wolverhampton academic has been ranked
number one in the world in a list of leading researchers in his
Computer scientist and mathematician Professor Mike Thelwall
has been named the number one expert in the field of
‘informetrics’. This is the science of measuring information to
assess the importance of a set of documents, and Mike specialises
in the newest area – measuring the value of web pages.
Mike, a Professor of Information Science at the School of Computing and Information Technology
was ranked number one in a list of top publishing authors in the
international Journal of Informetrics. Two of his colleagues were
also included in the list - Dr David Wilkinson was ranked joint
18th and Dr Gareth Harries was listed at joint 21st.
Mike is Head of the University’s Cybermetrics Research Group,
which measures the value of online research information to help
make sure that researchers are communicating with each other
properly. The group is currently researching how jokes spread
online around the world to see if there are differences in the
sense of humour of different nations and cultures.
Mike, 43, of Penn, Wolverhampton, said: “It is wonderful to be
at the top of a list of researchers in my area - I've been in
previous similar lists before but this is the first time as number
one. It is especially satisfying recognition for the School of
Computing and IT and the University of Wolverhampton as a place
that produces research of the very best international
Last year, Professor Thelwall was named third most influential
British researcher of all time in information science and
librarianship, in the influential Journal of the American Society
for Information Science and Technology.
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Date Issued: Tuesday, 12 February 2008