Three Vietnamese researchers were included in Thomson Reuters' list of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds of 2014.
Professor Dam Thanh Son, a physicist from the University of Chicago, Professor Nguyen Son Binh, chemistry lecturer from Northwestern University, and Dr Nguyen Xuan Hung, a computer science lecturer from Ho Chi Minh City University of Science, were honored for their work.
The Intellectual Property and Science wing of Thomson Reuters recognized 3,215 researchers in the fields of natural and social sciences as representing the top one percent of researchers cited by peers working in their field of expertise between 2002 and 2012.
Son, 45, a theoretical physicist working in quantum chromodynamics, applications of string theory and many-body physics, received his Ph.D. at the Institute for Nuclear Research in Moscow in 1995.
The Hanoi-born was a postdoc at the University of Washington, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a professor at Columbia University, and became the 19th professor at the University of Chicago in 2012.
Son and math genius Ngo Bao Chau were two Vietnamese to receive grants of US$100,000 a year from the American Simons Foundation in 2013--the men were among 13 recipients of the award around the world.
The award-winning Binh now serves as director of Northwestern’s Integrated Science Program. He received his Ph.D. at California Institute of Technology in 1995.
Hung received his Ph.D. in computational mechanics at the University of Liège, Belgium, in 2008. He is deputy editor-in-chief of the Asia Pacific Journal of Computational Engineering.
Stacey B. Gabriel, director of the Genomics Platform at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, nailed the hottest researcher in Thomson’s Highly Cited Researchers
list--her 23 papers were recognized as the most-cited.