New science blooms after star researchers die

A study co-authored by MIT Pierre Azoulay has shown that in many areas of the li

A study co-authored by MIT Pierre Azoulay has shown that in many areas of the life sciences, the deaths of prominent researchers are often followed by a surge in highly cited research by newcomers to those fields.

Deaths of prominent life scientists tend to be followed by a surge in highly cited research by newcomers. Listen

A study by Prof. Pierre Azoulay finds that the death of star scientists can benefit their fields of research by opening the door for an influx of new ideas and contributors, reports Colleen Flaherty for Inside Higher Ed. Flaherty explains that the findings provide "a reason for journal editors and funding agencies to think even harder about who they’re supporting, and why."


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