The most highly cited researchers worldwide

Thomas Korn investigates the molecular basis of autoimmune diseases such as mult

Thomas Korn investigates the molecular basis of autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis. Image: Magdalena Jooss / TUM

Nine TUM professors included in the "Highly Cited Researchers" ranking

The most highly cited researchers worldwide

Nine researchers at TUM are among the world’s most recognized scientific minds. Their names can be found in the latest "Highly Cited Researchers" rankings, compiled on the basis of the number of citations in scientific publications.

In their papers, scientists routinely cite the most important work previously published on the topic. This makes the total number of citations of a paper a good indicator of the quality of the research behind it. To identify the most highly cited researchers, the US company Clarivate Analytics analyzes its "Web of Science" database, which covers scientific publications in a broad range of subjects.

The rankings list the scientists who were cited most frequently in their subject areas in the period from 2008 to 2018. Researchers who are frequently cited in multiple fields are listed in the "cross-field" category. The list contains the names of about 6,200 persons in no specific order, including the following professors at TUM:

Agricultural Sciences:

Prof. Ingrid Kögel-Knabner , Chair of Soil Science


Prof. Hubert A. Gasteiger , Chair of Technical Electrochemistry

Clinical Medicine:

Prof. Adnan Kastrati , Professorship of Interventional Cardiology / German Heart Centre Munich

Psychiatry and Psychology:

Prof. Stefan Leucht, Clinic of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Klinikum rechts der Isar


Prof. Thomas Korn , Professorship of Experimental Neuroimmunology / Clinic and Policlinic for Neurology, Klinikum rechts der Isar

Prof. Hans Pretzsch , Chair of Forest Yield Science

Prof. Michael Schloter , Honorary Professor for Soil Microbiology

Prof. Matthias Tschöp , Chair of Metabolic Diseases

Prof. Wolfgang Weisser , Chair of Terrestrial Ecology

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