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Honors and Awards

Four UMass Amherst Researchers Named in 2023 ‘Top Scientists in the World’ Rankings by

Four UMass Amherst faculty scholars representing a range of disciplines in the natural and health sciences have been recognized nationally and globally in’s 2023 list of top scientists and also earned high rankings in their specific fields of research. 

Clockwise from top left: Derek Lovley, Susan Hankinson, Thomas Russell and David Julian McClements
Clockwise from top left: Derek Lovley, Susan Hankinson, Thomas Russell and David Julian McClements

Based on an evaluation of 166,880 profiles, the recently published second edition of’s Best Scientists in the World 2023 Ranking chose 1,000 leading researchers from core research areas, universities, institutions and agencies worldwide., an academic research portal and networking platform, compiles data on numerous topics including scientists, universities, journals and conferences to provide information on high-quality institutions and their research.

The UMass Amherst faculty listed include three in the College of Natural Sciences: microbiology research professor Derek Lovley (315th globally, 212th nationally); Distinguished Professor David Julian McClements (492nd globally, 332nd nationally); and Silvio O. Conte Distinguished Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering Thomas Russell (794th globally, 499th nationally). Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology Susan Hankinson (554th globally, 367th nationally), in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences was also ranked globally in’s Best Female Scientist list. 

The best scientist rankings were based on information acquired from Google Scholar and Microsoft Academic Graph. Position in the ranking was based on a researcher’s general H-index, a calculation of publications and associated citations, and rate of the published work made within a specific field of study in addition to the awards and accomplishments of the scholars. More information about’s ranking process can be found on its methodology page.