Last month, Thomson Reuters published their annual list of the most influential scientific minds of 2015 to recognize leaders in the field from around the world. The recognition is based on citations of the publications of leading scientists by their peers in high impact publications.
The list includes 3,000 scientists from around the world. Two of the recognized scientists are Chilean, including rector, Dr. José Rodríguez, from Universidad Andrés Bello (UNAB) and winner of the 2014 National Award of Applied Sciences. This is the second year in a row he has been recognized based on his contributions to the field of engineering.
According to Dr. Rodríguez, “Having two Chileans in this global list shows that there is research of the highest quality taking place here. Unfortunately, Chile is suffering from a crisis due to a lack of support for scientific research from the government. This is the time to make a change and establish the foundation so that science can be a fundamental pillar in the development of our country. Scientific research is an essential element for those countries, like Chile, that seek to develop economically. Experience shows that only through scientific innovation can a country go from being an exporter of natural resources to being developed.”
Dr. Rodríguez continued by saying “Today we have the opportunity to change science in our country forever, converting it into a central axis for the country’s development. Science cannot wait. Its goals have to be shared by all the different stakeholders in the country, including the government, Congress and society in general, as well as the scientific community, so we can all raise its profile.”
The other Chilean recognized by Thomson Reuters is José Merigó, an academic from Universidad de Chile, who was recognized for his work in the field of computer sciences.
This article has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.